Multi-talented musician, actor, producer, and writer Donald Glover, a.k.a “Childish Gambino” has scored his first No. 1 hit with his latest single, “This is America”. The track, in its debut, overtook Drake’s “Nice For What” for the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Childish Gambino has previously scored a No. 5 placement in the Billboard charts for his album “Awaken, My Love”, along with nominations for Album and Record of the Year.
He first performed the smash record as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, for which he also hosted. During the live show, Gambino dropped what would become the biggest video of the year and the talk of the entire country with his accompanying music video.
The “This is America” music video features Childish Gambino performing just about every dance move from hip hop culture, in the foreground of a chaotic scene in a warehouse. The chaos involved gun violence, people chasing after one another, and dancing on the tops of cars. At first glance, it is another entertaining video filled with dancing and commotion, but in depth analysis of the video as revealed an abundance of social commentary and metaphors.
You can watch the sensational video from Childish Gambino, here.
Gambino’s dancing has been interpreted to be a commentary on the role of black entertainers in American society, serving as a distraction from the harsh realities of life as an African American. With people all over the world tuning into the video for its message or for its catchy beat, it accumulated over 85.3 million views within a week of its release. As of May 16th, the video is nearing 130 million views and counting. Glover will go on a “This is America” tour, and act in the upcoming “Solo” Star Wars film.