Hiro Murai

THIS IS AMERICA

Yup, this is a music video from rapper Childish Gambino aka Renaissance man Donald Glover. But I'm filing it under ART because what he and director Hiro Murai have produced is absolutely a work of art. The song independent of the visuals is very good but together, they have an impact I haven't seen for quite a few years.

Like any challenging work of art, this is complex, controversial and open to a plethora of interpretations. Filled with metaphors flying every which way, wild hypnotic dancing and an infectious groove, it's impossible to soak in what has been created with just one view.

I'll likely do a follow up to this as I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. I will say, as I heard on one of the better YouTube reaction videos I watched, this is about as bold as you can get as an artist. Glover hosted the weekly American variety show Saturday Night Live this past weekend and performed the song as the musical guest Childish Gambino. As the commentator said in the video I referenced, the SNL performance was likely the first time many people heard this guy and, as he released this video the same night, when they went to Google and found his name, this is what they saw.

Now remember, Glover is an actor as well (among other things) and is in Disney's new addition to the Star Wars franchise, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" a blockbuster family movie due to be released next week. And Glover chose to have this represent himself to a curious public not familiar with him. Fucking priceless.

Dig it. Meditate on it. Feel it. Discuss it. This is it: a game changer.

FV