Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino isn’t new to big statements. After the amazing tv series “Atlanta”, he’s back with a new track and a new video called “This is America”.
The director of this modern masterpiece is Hiro Murai who is already a longtime collaborator of Donald Glover: he directed most of his videoclips and most of the episodes of “Atlanta”.
The film opens with a man that plays guitar while Childish Gambino weirdly dances around a warehouse until he brutally shoots in the head the guitar player now hooded. 53 seconds for the chaos to begin and for the reality to be shown.
“This is America / Don’t catch you slippin’ up.”
The whole video is a rough but stunning statement about the actual state of America: from gun control to brutal violence while he dances around trying to catch our attention and prevent us to see what’s happening behind him.
The more you see it, the more you discover in the background and it’s shocking. And the more you discover, the more you understand the infinite layers of meanings hidden inside the whole film.
“This is America / Don’t catch you slippin’ up / Look how I’m livin’ now / Police be trippin’ now / Yeah, this is America / Guns in my area (word, my area) / I got the strap / I gotta carry ’em.”
If you liked “This is America”, you should really check out the “Atlanta” series written by Donald Glover and directed by Hiro Murai, a dark comedy that tells the story of Earn, Alfred, and Darius that lives in Atlanta and tries to make their way in the world of the rap scene. Along the way, they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood.