This Is America

Childish Gambino - This Is America
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May 5, 2018 / Release Date
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nnxsgny
68
it's a good enough song but my god people's reaction to this makes me want to hate it. people proclaiming him as the good kanye, people saying this is music transcending art, people saying it's a better 'trap' song than any 'trap' artist has made, people nitpicking every scene of the music video trying to find the most banal of metaphors and symbolism, people saying he's uniquely expressing himself in the music video like no other rapper does, etc.

what it is, in my honest opinion, is a ... read more
exception
20
Hot take: Donald Glover is only successful because he panders to white trends through originally black and dominantly black genres (hip hop, r&b, funk, soul, etc). His music and visual work is decent at best, and receives hype and praise before it can truly be taken in by the audience. Sure he's got some hits, but he has many more misses. Glover's likability and prior television roles brought him into the spotlight, and unfortunately his music is keeping him in it. I wouldn't be this ... read more
BradTasteMusic
80
It’s songs like these that we look back at and say “oh shit there was so much going on behind the scenes and under the surface” even without the video. I love the ad libs on the track from various trap artists. The last quarter though is a masterpiece
dyelir
91
This music video will likely be my favorite of the year if not the entire decade (it's really that fucking good!) and the song is not that much worse. "This Is America" incorporates the soul food vocals of Awaken My Love!, elements of trap and excellent ad-lib outtakes from Atlanta's most famous rappers of the era. Considering Childish Gambino's nimble, lyrically poignant rapping, this is the first mark of quality music in the resistance of the Trump era that we were promised.
msx24
100
HOLY SHIT THIS IS SO FUCKING GOOD
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