Monday, May 7, 2018

Childish Gambino "This Is America" review

If you don't know who Childish Gambino is, then you will after you have read this review about his new song called This Is America along with the music video. Childish Gambino, whose real name is Donald Glover, was on Saturday Night Live on May 5th as the host and musical guest for the show. When he performed this song on SNL, I was like, "This is a really good song. I think I'm going to listen to on YouTube". And the special effects for the performance that he did were amazing. You can go and watch his performance of "This Is America" by clicking on the link you see below.

So, I listened to This Is America on YouTube and I love this song. I have never listened to Childish Gambino's music before. The opening of this song starts off with a choir singing, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah/ Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away/ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah". On the bridge, Gambino, with background vocals from rapper Young Thug, talks about how some people are willing to sell themselves just to get ahead, therefore becoming numb to the physical and mental suffering that they face around them singing, "We just wanna party/ Party just for you/ We just want the money/ Money just for you/ I know you wanna party/ Party just for me/ Girl, you got me dancin' (yeah, girl, you got me dancin')/ Dance and shake the frame/ We just wanna party (yeah)/ Party just for you (yeah)". Then the track begins to take a aggressive turn with the lyrics, "This is America/ Don't catch you slippin' up/ Don't catch you slippin' up/ Look what I'm whippin' up/ This is America (woo)/ Don't catch you slippin' up/ Don't catch you slippin' up/ Look what I'm whippin' up". Childish also talks about gun violence and the police saying, "Look at how I'm livin' now/ Police be trippin' now/ Yeah, this is America (woo, ayy)/ Guns in my area (word, my area)/ I got the strap (ayy, ayy) / I gotta carry 'em/ Yeah, yeah, I'ma go into this (ugh)/ Yeah, yeah, this is guerilla (woo)". After I listened to the song, I watched the music video on Vevo. You can watch this video either here or on YouTube.

The video, if you watch it closely, make some political statements about Black America and the culture that we live in. It starts out with a guy sitting down to play the guitar while a shirtless Childish Gambino stands with his back turned to the camera and begins to dance behind the man sitting in the chair. He also shoot him along with the choir members in the following scene possibly making a reference to gun violence. and then, in the next scene, Gambino continues dancing, but this time with  little children as he distracts himself from all of the chaos that's going on around him. It ends with      Gambino seen running away from the police as the video turns into black. This is also reminding some people of the popular running scene from the movie "Get Out" created by Jordan Peele.

Make sure that you go and listen to "This Is America" on Apple Music/iTunes
                                                  Or you can stream the video on YouTube

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