Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” Lyrics Explained

From Kodak Black to the Charleston church shooting.

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Donald Glover‘s musical alter ego Childish Gambino surprised fans last week by dropping off a new single, and visuals for “This Is America.” As the single continues to burn up the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the creatives over at Genius have decoded the meaning behind the lyrics to Gambino’s latest hit. With “This Is America” being jammed-packed with symbolic lyrics, the video posted above breaks down everything from Kodak Black to the Charleston church shooting. Watch the video above to understand the deeper meaning to “This Is America.”

Make sure to read more about the annotations picked up by Genius here, and for more on the “This Is America” lyrics here.

In case you’ve missed it, Donald Glover recently sat down with Jimmy Kimmel to discuss all things Lando. Glover stars as the charismatic character in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is out May 25.

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