Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. With triggering ties to Jim Crow illustrations and depictions of historic police brutality against African-Americans to a disturbing visual paralleling the Charleston church shooting from June 17, , Gambino otherwise known as Donald Glover presents an anti-proverbial national anthem he's been quoted as saying he wants to be played on the Fourth of July. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away. 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 We just want the money yeah Money just for you you I know you wanna party yeah Party just for me yeah Girl, you got me dancin' yeah, girl, you got me dancin' Dance and shake the frame you. This is America skrrt, skrrt, woo Don't catch you slippin' up ayy Look at how I'm livin' now Police be trippin' now woo 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 Yeah, yeah, I'ma go get the bag Yeah, yeah, or I'ma get the pad Yeah, yeah, I'm so cold like yeah yeah I'm so dope like yeah woo We gon' blow like yeah straight up, uh. Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody You go tell somebody Grandma told me Get your money, black man get your money Get your money, black man get your money Get your money, black man get your, black man Get your money, black man get your, black man Black man.
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Fans, music critics, and artists are all going to town with analyses of the music video. Much has already been said about this new release, well, every frame has been analysed. Who is the man behind this maelstrom of protest? That evening he received 5! From that point, I was convinced that he was definitely someone to keep my eyes and ears on. Donald Glover a. Childish Gambino is an actor, writer, producer, comedian, and musician. He got his break with a role in the comedy series Community but stopped acting in to focus on his musical career under the pseudonym Childish Gambino. His first two albums were widely disparaged by critics, after which he removed himself from the public eye. He did, however, remain active on social media, which did little good for his reputation.
Within the first minute, Gambino shoots the man, who has been tied up with a head cover. Childish Gambino hands the gun to another man, who safely wraps it in a red cloth as the obscured man is dragged away. Part of the brilliance of the presentation is that you go from this happy major mode of choral singing that we associate with South African choral singing, and then after the first gunshot it moves right into the trap sound. The moment could be open to numerous interpretations — for example, Ramsey says, the dancers could be there to distract viewers in the same way black art is used to distract people from real problems plaguing America. The style of dancing by Gambino in the video also calls out the way we consume culture. Gambino samples at least 10 popular dance moves derived from hip hop and African moves, including the South African Gwara Gwara dance, according to Forbes. Ramsey says the use of so many famous dance moves show how ultra-popular pieces of culture lose their specificity over time as they become more ubiquitous.
The song's accompanying music video was directed by filmmaker Hiro Murai , a frequent Gambino collaborator. It has also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. This made Gambino the first hip-hop artist to win Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and "This Is America" the first rap song to win these awards. The song features a gospel -style choir and background contributions from various American rappers. Media outlets reported that a number of listeners accused Gambino of plagiarism over "This Is America", pointing out the similarities between the song and "American Pharaoh" by Jase Harley. Glover's manager, Fam Rothstein, denied any plagiarism. The video received about