Here's Why Childish Gambino Made His "This Is America" Video

BY Brock ThiessenPublished May 9, 2018

Donald Glover just got everyone's attention with his ultra-violent Childish Gambino video "This Is America," yet the actor/musician has said very little about the clip in the wake of its release this weekend. Now, he's broken his silence somewhat, and told us why he made the video — though in the most Donald Glover way possible.

While on the red carpet at the recent Met Gala this week, the folks over at E! attempted to grill Glover as to his motivations behind the conversation-stirring new video, and here's what he said:

I just wanted to make, you know, a good song. Something people could play on Fourth of July.

And with a sly smile, he left it at that.

If you've yet to watch the video for "This Is America," the Hiro Murai-directed clip is a seriously dark piece of work, with Glover shining a blistering light on America's gun control problem — not to mention its history with race and violence. 

You can watch the video for yourself below, where you'll also find that red carpet interview at the Met Gala.

"This Is America" marks Glover's first single since his 2016 album Awaken, My Love! And while proper follow-up plans remain unclear, Childish Gambino has a tour coming up in September. See the dates here.

Pick up Childish Gambino's album Awaken, My Love! via Umusic on standard vinyl, CD or as a VR vinyl box set.

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