Childish Gambino Goes Shirtless During 'SNL' Performance

Donald Glover childish gambino

Donald Glover childish gambino

Childish Gambino AKA Donald Glover AKA a young Lando Calrissian unleashed his new fire track, This Is America during his set appearance as host on Saturday Night Live today.

Glover's tense new music video, however, isn't his first flirt with political fare.

The song appeared online during his performance as host on United States sketch show Saturday Night Live.

But it was the video he released for the latter after his "SNL" performance that created a major buzz. While the guns and violence were cut, the uniformed children from the video joined him on stage to perform the popular dances that permeate hip-hop's most popular visuals.

At one point he shoots a man in the head.

"If it had been me, or my own mother, or someone I knew that had survived this massacre. what must it feel like for Donald Glover to take it upon himself to use it as an artistic cue", Bedour Alagraa, a PhD candidate in African studies at Brown University in Providence, R.I., told CBC Radio's The Current on Tuesday. Its video amassed 10m views in only 24 hours and has been celebrated by Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Trent Reznor and others as one of 2018's best: a brilliantly choreographed bit of theatre in a vast warehouse, as Glover dances around an escalating riot, ending up with a complex dissection of gun violence and American racism. He recently did an insanely cool and casual tour of the Millennium Falcon.

The video sees a topless Childish Gambino moving through a warehouse pulling out all kinds of insane dance moves, but before things really get going he shoots a man in the head.

He's also starring as Simba in the upcoming Lion King remake, opposite Beyonce's Nala.

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