Watch: This Is America By Childish Gambino
To have made a statement would be an understatement. Donald Glover, a.k.a Childish Gambino randomly released visuals for his new single "This Is America", which is a complex achievement, given that so many analogies and messages were imbedded into the work.
It's both a contemplation and an unmasking of the current state of America- entertainment takes front and center while pandemonium and death are so seamlessly intertwined that it's just...a part of the show. Numerous media outlets and sites have taken to task detailing every message hidden within, and it's a testament to how powerful visuals can actually be. Shocking was the scene where the choir sang out only to be abruptly interrupted (killed) by the spraying of a semi-automatic weapon.
Donald Glover has been creating music and been on television for quite some time now- but stepped into a new level of creative respect while releasing his 2016 LP "Awaken, My Love" with the hit single Redbone, while simultaneously having his show Atlanta capturing quite a following on FX. It seems that he's aware and using that platform to address some things. We applaud that.