This is America Review


Staff Writer

Donald Glover, or better yet known by the persona of Childish Gambino, announced earlier this year that he would in fact, be retiring the persona. Yet on May 6th of 2018 he released a new track titled “This is America”. Stylistically, the track strays way from Gambino’s older style to a more modern or trap style. But a bigger topic is the cultural aspects the song brings up. This song is a masterpiece of production through and through, beginning with a calm almost reggae beat and then being thrown in a line discussing what America is really like. This song as a whole aims to discuss the harsh reality of society compared to what it appears on the surface. Gambino also released a stylized music video to accompany the song in which it depicts several scenes regarding the topics the song speaks of. If I had to rate this song I would give it a 4.5/5 because while the song itself doesn’t specifically stand out in a mix of modern music, the production and topic of the song allows it to be unique and heavy.

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