Childish Gambino is back. In addition to hosting and performing on “Saturday Night Live” last night, the multifaceted Donald Glover unleashed his new single, “This Is America.”
Over a trap-inspired beat, which he co-produced with Ludwig Göransson, Gambino sings and raps about the land of the free. “This is America / Don’t catch you slipping up / Look what I’m whipping up!” he raps, adding, “Get your money, black man.”
The upbeat track also features a choir and an assortment of rappers who provide ad-libs, including 21 Savage, Big Sean, Kodak Black, Offset, and Young Thug, among others.
Thugger adds a few lines throughout the song, rapping, “America, I just checked my following list and you motherfuckers owe me.” SEX also handles the outro, in which he sings, “You just a black man in this world.”
To go along with the song, Gambino released a dramatic video. Directed by Hiro Murai, the clip features Gambino smiling and dancing shirtless, juxtaposed by rage, gunfire, and blood splatter. SZA also makes a cameo in the finale.
Gambino is working on his fourth studio album, set for release on his Wolf + Rothstein label via RCA Records, which will reportedly be his final album under the Gambino moniker.