When I was a kid, I sat in the back of my parents minivan listening to NWA on my yellow Sony Walkman. I was a suburban white kid who was mesmerized by “Fuck tha Police.” I didn’t understand the significance of that song until much later in life.
Fast forward 30 years………
The hip hop/rap genre has become largely insignificant. The strongest lyrical messages delivered by its current “stars” revolve around money, bitches, drugs and guns. The genre has become a mumbling mess of disjointed beats accompanied by unimaginative, indolent lyrics. It has become a caricature of its own stereotypes.
Their main struggle revolves around buying a hotter Lamborghini than the other guy. It’s truly fucking sad.
Now enter Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.
Like a beacon of hip hop hope, Gamibno released the most important song/video of the past 30 years…………. This is America.
Every person in America needs to watch this video. It should be required learning in every school. Just sit back, watch and know that Glover has a better grasp on the sad realities of America that you are scared to admit.
Donald Glover is IMPORTANT. He is forcing our society to open its third eye and view America in a very unflattering lens. An unflattering lens that is crystal clear.
Today, I can only hope that kids are sitting in the back of their parents minivans watching This is America on their cellphones. And I can only hope that it doesn’t take another 30 years for them to understand its significance.