Childish Gambino is dancing all the way to the top of Billboard Hot 100.
His new track “This Is America” has debuted at number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. This is Glover’s first Hot 100 chart-topper and he has dethroned Drake’s “Nice for What,” which topped the Hot 100 for four weeks.
Drake’s run of consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 ends at 15, giving him the fourth-longest such run in the chart’s history.
Elsewhere on the chart Post Malone’s “Psycho” featuring Ty Dolla $ign drops to No. 4 as Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” comes in at No. 10.
BILLBOARD HOT 100 TOP 10
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” 2. Drake – “Nice for What” 3. Drake – “God’s Plan” 4. Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho” 5. Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” 6. Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey – “The Middle” 7. BlocBoy JB feat. Drake – “Look Alive” 8. Camila Cabello – “Never Be the Same” 9. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” 10. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
That this particular jam was released a matter of days after Kanye’s now infamous quote on four hundred years of slavery being a ‘choice’, doesn’t seem like a coincidence but rather a perfectly timed release.
While speaking to TMZ, Kanye referenced slavery saying;
”When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of you?”
Naturally, those comments have made Kanye the talk of the month, with everyone online (ordinary people and celebrities alike) talking about issues revolving around the existence of white supremacists and the oppression of people of color.
Since that has been the running conversation online, it would therefore seem appropriate that Childish Gambino, release ‘This Is America’, a jam that seems to encapsulate all of those issues in a thrilling, melodic and dance filled rap single.
Since Donald Glover has had quite the experience in writing and producing intelligent scripts for hit TV shows such as ‘Community’ and ‘Atlanta’, it’s really no surprise that he chooses clever imagery to pass on very important issues.
Directed by Hiro Murai, ‘This is America’ is a four minute long music video which I’ve so far learnt, has many hidden meanings. I’m now going to share the few that I managed to find out about in a short play by play.
Lyrics; ‘Guns in my area, I gotta carry ’em’
Throughout the video, Childish Gambino is seen shooting people but what you may have missed out on, is the fact that in each instance the gun he uses is taken away from him by someone who appears to be holding a cloth and treating the gun with the utmost care. For some, this is taken as a rhetoric on the ongoing battle on Gun Laws in America, where people have often felt that guns are treated a lot better than (in some cases) people.
Lyrics: This is America, Don’t catch you slippin up.
If there’s one thing you definitely note right off the bat with this music video, it’s that while there is all this dancing happening, there is also a lot of chaos going on around the whole time. One YouTube reviewer cited that it may have been a reference to black America being acknowledged only in terms of its contribution to urban culture e.g. through dance, all while the main issues that affect them (i.e. police brutality, gun violence etc) take the back seat.
Also at the start of the video, Childish Gambino shoots his first victim while assuming a comical stance, that was quickly turned into this meme, which I happened upon on Snoop Dogg’s instagram.
The thing is though, this ‘comical stance’ was believe it or not, a historical reference to Jim Crow.
Jim Crow — definition — a theater character by Thomas D. Rice and an ethnic depiction in accordance with contemporary Caucasian ideas of African-Americans and their culture.
Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States.
Seen in the video, this depiction is probably the strongest and loudest reference to racism. In the video, Childish Gambino makes erratic face movements that from research, were the same facial expressions that white actors (in black face) would make as a mockery of what they thought the then freed African-American slaves looked like and behaved.
Homage to music and dance made by Africans and African Americans;
The jam itself houses ad libs by some of raps iconic names from Young Thug, to 21 Savage, and in the video, it is being said that Childish Gambino’s choice to be shirtless wearing only two chains is an homage to Fela Kuti.
Also, yes. Childish Gambino absolutely bodies the Shoki and the Gwara Gwara in ‘This Is America’, both of which are popular African dances.
Not too long ago, Logic and Alessia Cara graced our Record of the Week with the jam whose title was a suicide hotline number. Perhaps referencing mental health and how America is plagued by the sheer number of suicide victims, at 2:13, there is a man who is seen to be leaping to his death all while the singing and the dancing continues.
The fact that this four minute long video even had time to feature a bible reference is to me, the actual testament to Childish Gambino’s epic story telling and producing skills.
In the book of Revelation, there is a verse that states;
Then I looked and saw a pale horse. Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed close behind.
Hades was the Greek god of the underworld (hell). Like earlier mentioned, there are plenty of hidden messages in the video and the fact that at 2:36, there is a hooded figure riding a white horse while a police car follows behind, might be the imagery that reflects that particular bible verse.
Truth be told, there are many more messages one can find in the video to ‘This Is America’, a video that has currently garnered (as of today) over forty million views in under a week.
What can definitely be said and applauded though, is the stark difference between the amount of black history and current information that Childish Gambino seems to have, and the lack thereof when it comes to Kanye West’s recent comments about slavery.
As it’s now your record of the week (ROTW), here is the music video to ‘This is America’ (Which will be followed by the song’s lyrics.)
We just wanna party Party just for you We just want the money Money just for you I know you wanna party Party just for me Girl, you got me dancin’ (yeah, girl, you got me dancin’) Dance and shake the frame We just wanna party (yeah) Party just for you (yeah) We just want the money (yeah) Money just for you (you) I know you wanna party (yeah) Party just for me (yeah) Girl, you got me dancin’ (yeah, girl, you got me dancin’) Dance and shake the frame (you)
This is America Don’t catch you slippin’ up Don’t catch you slippin’ up Look what I’m whippin’ up This is America (woo) Don’t catch you slippin’ up Don’t catch you slippin’ up Look what I’m whippin’ up
This is America (skrrt, skrrt, woo) Don’t catch you slippin’ up (ayy) Look at how I’m livin’ now Police be trippin’ now (woo) Yeah, this is America (woo, ayy) Guns in my area (word, my area) I got the strap (ayy, ayy) I gotta carry ’em Yeah, yeah, I’ma go into this (ugh) Yeah, yeah, this is guerilla (woo) Yeah, yeah, I’ma go get the bag Yeah, yeah, or I’ma get the pad Yeah, yeah, I’m so cold like yeah (yeah) I’m so dope like yeah (woo) We gon’ blow like yeah (straight up, uh)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody You go tell somebody Grandma told me Get your money, Black man (get your money) Get your money, Black man (get your money) Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man) Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man) Black man
This is America (woo, ayy) Don’t catch you slippin’ up (woo, woo, don’t catch you slippin’, now) Don’t catch you slippin’ up (ayy, woah) Look what I’m whippin’ up (Slime!) This is America (yeah, yeah) Don’t catch you slippin’ up (woah, ayy) Don’t catch you slippin’ up (ayy, woo) Look what I’m whippin’ up (ayy)
Look how I’m geekin’ out (hey) I’m so fitted (I’m so fitted, woo) I’m on Gucci (I’m on Gucci) I’m so pretty (yeah, yeah) I’m gon’ get it (ayy, I’m gon’ get it) Watch me move (blaow) This a celly (ha) That’s a tool (yeah) On my Kodak (woo, Black) Ooh, know that (yeah, know that, hold on) Get it (get it, get it) Ooh, work it (21) Hunnid bands, hunnid bands, hunnid bands (hunnid bands) Contraband, contraband, contraband (contraband) I got the plug en Oaxaca (woah) They gonna find you that blocka (blaow)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody America, I just checked my following list and You go tell somebody You mothafuckas owe me Grandma told me Get your money, Black man (Black man) Get your money, Black man (Black man) Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man) Get your money, Black man (get your, Black man) Black man One, two, get down Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody You go tell somebody Grandma told me, “Get your money” Get your money, Black man (Black man) Get your money, Black man (Black man) Get your money, Black man (Black man) Get your money, Black man (Black man) Black man
You just a Black man in this world You just a barcode, ayy You just a Black man in this world Drivin’ expensive foreigns, ayy You just a big dawg, yeah I kenneled him in the backyard No probably ain’t life to a dog For a big dog
A day after Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé were announced as Coachella headliners, the 2017 Governors Ball lineup has been revealed. Scheduled for June 2-4 at New York’s Randall’s Island Park, the three-day festival will be headlined by Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino.
The star studded roster for the seventh annual edition also includes Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, ScHoolboy Q, Rae Sremmurd, A$AP Ferg, YG, Danny Brown, Kehlani, Skepta, Lorde, Francis and the Lights, and more.
tickets on-sale this friday, jan 6th @ 12pm est – very limited early bird & advance priced tix available pic.twitter.com/4MfFaNZNn0
Last year, Kanye was slated to headline the event. However, the third night of the fest, when Yeezy was set to perform, was canceled due to severe weather. In past years, the Governors Ball has been headlined by the likes of Drake and OutKast.
Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale Friday, Jan. 6.
Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino, who collaborated on “The Worst Guys” and “Favorite Song” back in 2013, gave fans hope for a new collaboration with a photograph on Instagram.
Wearing black beside Gambino in all white, Lil Chano hinted at future material in his caption. “Hawaii then LA,” he wrote, “back to work. #roscoeswetsuit.”
Both artists are currently enjoying solo success. Chance is flying high off last year’s Coloring Book while Donald Glover recently dropped Awaken, My Love!
In 2013, the duo teamed up on “Favorite Song” off Chance’s Acid Rap and “The Worst Guys” off Childish’s Because the Internet. As fans may recall, the hashtag for “Roscoe’s Wetsuit” is a reference to Gambino’s 75-page BTI screenplay, which also starred Chano.
Fans have been asking for a collaborative project or movie based on the screenplay for years. “Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper AKA Roscoe’s Wetsuit are going to be the new OutKast and you can hold me to that,” one fan tweeted in 2014. “Gambino & Chance are gonna release a project and it’s gonna be called Roscoe’s Wetsuit,” another fan wrote in 2015. “Remember this tweet.”
Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper AKA Roscoe's Wetsuit are going to be the new OutKast and you can hold me to that
For now, however, it remains unclear whether Chance’s “back to work” caption will include Gambino. He just dropped Merry Christmas Lil Mama with Jeremih and previously stated that he’d like to work on his own debut album. He’s also reportedly hoping to make Good Ass Job with Kanye West and is set to make his film debut in Slice this year.
Meanwhile, Glover is working on “Atlanta,” Spider-Man: Homecoming, and a Han Solo Star Wars film.
He may be familiar to you as the artist who featured on Jhene Aiko’s Bed Peace. Can’t remember? He’s in the clip below:
Now Childish Gambino has decided that he’s going to let the world see his not so chiseled body as he stars as a stripper in Magic Mike XXL. Now we are not going to deny that before he was Childish Gambino he was Donald (Danny) Glover, an actor who was on our screens with his most successful role being Troy in Community but a stripper? Come on now! That’s a little far fetched.
Other cast members who are alot of eye candy are Channing Tatum, Kevin Nash, a professional wrestler and actor amd Matt Bomer AKA Neil Caffrey in White Collar.
Matt Bomer Channing Tatum
How will Childish Gambino try to compete with that though? Let’s see how that will pan out. The film comes out in July.