Drake Smears Childish Gambino's "This Is America" as "Overrated and Over-Awarded"

Glover previously revealed that the internet-breaking 2018 single initially started as a Drake diss track

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jul 7, 2023

A lot went down at the opening night of Drake and 21 Savage's It's All a Blur tour, including but not limited to another thrown cellphone (I am begging y'all to learn how to behave), floating sperm and the Canadian subtly dragging Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

Back in April, Donald Glover revealed that the zeitgeist-capturing 2018 single actually began as a Drake diss track. "The idea for the song started as a joke," Glover told GQ. "To be completely honest, 'This is America' — that was all we had was that line. It started as a Drake diss, to be honest, as like a funny way of doing it. But then I was like, this shit sounds kind of hard though."

Drake isn't one to simply let something like that slide. In response, while performing catalogue-highlight "Headlines" at Chicago's United Center at Wednesday (July 5) night's tour opener, a news ticker ran across the stage. It read: "The overrated and over-awarded hit song 'This Is America' was originally a Drake diss record."

Again, "This Is America" probably would have been less of a scathing indictment of the political climate had it been about Drake not understanding how America works — but imagine the far-less-subtle response that may have garnered from Drizzy. It might have made it into the hallowed pages of the random anger-inducing poetry book! What rhymes with "childish"?

Watch a clip of the "Headlines" performances featuring the shady news ticker below.
@raptalksk_ Drake called This Is America "overrated and overawarded" after Childish Gambino said it was originally a Drake diss. This was at the first show of his tour in Chicago #drake #donaldglover #rapbeef #hiphop #raptok ♬ original sound - raptalksk

Ahead of his tour opener, the rapper also shared that he was stoned during his Degrassi audition (even before this was 420-friendly Canada).

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