Childish Gambino performs on "SNL", unleashes poignant "This Is America" music video

08 May, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Rita Burton
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"SNL" ranked as the #1 entertainment show of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, topping the primetime non-sports programs on those nets.

Praised for its painfully honest portrayal of life in the United States, the four-minute clip for Glover's new song This is America has been viewed more than 10 million times since its release on Sunday (Saturday US time).

Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in "Solo: A Star Wars Story".

In a sketch, which riffed off both A Quiet Place and the recent Kanye West controversy, Donald Glover and his group attempted to outrun the monsters hunting them. If you're looking for more insight into what Glover is doing with this music video, Dear White People creator Justin Simien provided a thoughtful dissection in a fascinating thread on Twitter.

Fans were delighted when Glover wasn't just limited to "Saturday Night Live". Zoƫ Kravitz and Daniel Kaluuya introduced him before the musical performance segments.

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The Rolling Stones described Gambino's music video as a "surreal, visceral statement about gun violence in America".

Donald Glover unexpectedly released the first video from his upcoming - and by all accounts, final - album as Childish Gambino, the politically charged 'This Is America'.

Performing the sunny track, he croons, "Saturday, all I wanna do is make you dance, girl, and fall in love". This is one hell of a music video with quite the powerful message.

What else would one expect to see in a music video by a famous rapper titled "This is America"? Gambino raps, "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 / I got the strap / I gotta carry "em".

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