Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) had a monumental weekend.
The actor-musician-hypenate hosted Saturday Night Live and served as the musical guest for the same episode. Not content with stopping there, Glover chose to debut two new songs: Aptly titled ‘Saturday’ and ‘This Is America’. This is his first release since the 2016 album, Awaken, My Love!. dropped.
For the opening musical number, Zoe Kravitz introduced Childish Gambino as he took the stage to perform ‘Saturday’ while surrounded by a laid-back group of party people drinking from red solo cups and playing dominos.
The second musical performance was what got everyone talking. ‘This Is America’ was performed live on SNL, while at the same time, the music video dropped on YouTube. We’re going to focus on the politically-charged music video, directed by Hiro Murai.
Murai has a creative history with Glover, having directed numerous episodes of his show Atlanta. In the music video (which now sits at over 18 million views), the duo took the opportunity to shine a spotlight on both gun violence and racism. Throughout the video, the camera is trained on Childish Gambino as he dances, while chaos erupts in the background in the form of police brutality, protesting, and violence. Sherrie Silver, the video choreographer, retweeted one viewer’s idea that “Childish Gambino’s dance moves distracted all of us from the craziness that was happening in the background of the video & that’s exactly the point he’s trying to make.” We couldn’t agree more.