While hosting and then performing this weekend SNL, Donald Glover who's rapper name is Childish Gambino also dropped his new music called, "This is America" that has people buzzing. Watch the video and see below for some of the things people are noticing about the video.
Here are five more things worth noticing about this video.
- All the guns are handled with care. Every time someone is shot, the gun is taken away carefully and cradled. Meanwhile, the person shot is either left there or dragged away on the ground, not picked up. Also, the guy who collects the guns is dressed in a polo shirt and ironed khaki pants. Quite respectable.
- Sza makes a cameo. Near the end, as Gambino dances on old cars, Sza sits on a car in a lovely dress. Hair half up and half down. In a post shared to Instagram she wears flip flops. It would appear another song is a'coming.
- Old cars. "This is America" gives careful attention to the types of cars used in the video. Nothing is new or modern. All of the makes and models are mid to early 90s, if not 80s cars. This speaks to the whole idea that a fair number of Americans aren't driving new whips; many people are pushing boxy cars that still have tape decks. Luxury vehicles often seen in rap videos are noticeably absent from this one.
- There are references to killing terrorists and terrorists killing us. Both the Charleston Church Massacre and a man- his head covered in a cloth bag- shot in the back of the head speak to the variety of gun death that occurs on American soil or as the result of American politics.
- The dancing. Gambino references at least 10 ultra-popular dances including old ones and new ones. One of those dances was the Gwara Gwara, which originated in South Africa. What's remarkable is that the dancers nailed each performance and you could interpret that in one or two or three ways. One, they are clueless and dancing. Two, they have a clue and dance to keep from crying. Three, they are jamming for the camera or for social media video and know their dancing is a distraction, a salve or an invisibility cloak. Keep in mind the dancers were not shot, nor were they chased by the police. Given Glover's droll sense of realistic humor on Atlanta FX, it would not surprise me if all three interpretations are correct, because often that is life in America.