New York, Los Angeles, and London will serve as the sites of three concurrent Childish Gambino events the weekend of July 14 – 15, as the “This Is America” producer brings his enigmatic Summertime Starts Here event experience series to each city in staggered intervals.
Summertime Starts Here initially debuted in New York on July 13 at Union Square, and will remain in the ‘Big Apple’ into Saturday, July 14, where the second day will commence at Fort Greene Park from 12-4 PM EST. Los Angeles will also receive the Summertime Starts Here experience on July 14. The West Coast edition of the event will take place at California’s Santa Monica pier from 12-4 PM PST. On Sunday, July 15, Gambino’s nomadic fan eventwill relocate to Fairfax High School from 12-4 PM PST.
Last but certainly not least, London will also be privy to Summertime Starts Here, with the UK version occupying Gunnersbury Park from 1-10 PM GMT. Although Gambino shared little detail about the specifics of the Summertime Starts Here series, each event will supposedly be free of charge. It is unlikely that Gambino will perform live in each city, given the overlap of the three events, though if any mortal man could do it, it would be Donald Glover somehow.
The Summertime Starts Here run follows the July 11 release of Gambino’s new EP, Summer Pack.
Mr. Carmack has released an edit of Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America,” maintaining subtle pieces of the original’s framework, while keeping the new set list weapon a strictly instrumental hay maker. Playing with a minimal bass beat and open sonic space, the original rework was anchored to Gambino’s apathetic tone, though the Hawaii-based producer dropped a completely the instrumental edit as the final product, and the result is a club-rattling heater.
With trembling low-end appeal and metallic synth stacks, Mr. Carmack’s rendition of the dominating Billboard chart topper will certainly begin to creep into heavy festival play this season. Mr. Carmack is known for his versatility in combining hip-hop beats with electronic elements, and Childish Gambino’s incredibly successful commercial outing has proven to be a perfect canvas for Carmack’s underground touch.
Set for inclusion in their BOOTZILLA Vol. 4 compilation, Djs From Mars mashed up two seemingly incongruous pieces of music: Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America,” and the second movement from Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Composition wise, the two may indeed have little in common. Contextually, however, the two converge on a number of levels — the most notable being how Beethoven’s ninth was the focal point of the 1971 dystopian film A Clockwork Orange, based on Anthony Burgess’s novel by the same name.
Just as Chilidsh Gambino’s “This Is America” video depicts the coinciding violence and frivolity of our country, Clockwork is a similarly philosophically-charged, social commentary about the inevitably violent nature of those who grow up in modern society.
The Djs From Mars bootleg cuts between the two video clips, displaying the equally egregious acts of violence from each work, while a fervent beat ironically charges the visuals forward.
Until last week, r/thedonald was a subreddit where Reddit users gathered to share posts related to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Despite the subreddit’s description as “the place where we discuss in an unbiased manner Donald Trump’s great contributions to modern society,” the page is littered by hate-filled posts from people who look to Trump as a twisted savior of sorts, sent to save the American public from its diversity thugs.
Over the past week, however, fans of Donald Glover have taken the subreddit page by storm, posting memes and photos of the actor/rapper in a collective effort to reclaim “the Donald” name. At the very least, the move is a response to Childish Gambino‘s potent, racially charged “This is America” music video release. At best, it’s a form on online activism. And the most wonderful part is — it’s actually working. The subreddit page is now almost solely devoted to Childish Gambino/Donald Glover.
The following post, for instance, has been upvoted more than 45,000 times.
The hope is that if enough Donald Glover fans start posting on r/the_donald, they can reclaim this subreddit as well. In a world where activism can take many forms, users of social media are realizing the digital domain as a space for creating First Amendment political movements and reclaiming hateful digital spaces as places of empowerment.
Since Donald Glover released his torrentially trending and controversial music video for “This Is America,” under his musical alter-ego Childish Gambino, the internet has been ablaze with fervent reaction, meticulously dissecting the messages laden throughout the symbolic work.
However, on May 10, Glover took to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he told Kimmel that he has altogether avoided the internet and the video’s reception therein since he debuted the song on Saturday Night Live last weekend.
“It’s bad for me,” said Glover of the volatility of the internet. “I’m really sensitive. So, I was like ‘I’ll just let it be.’”
The video, which tackles a myriad of today’s most fiercely debated issues including, police brutality, gun violence, and the frivolity and fickleness of the media, has eclipsed 75 million views on YouTube in under a week. It has incited dozens of analytical essays, video responses, and over 250,000 Youtube comments, many of which attempt to unravel the intricately woven portrayal of Glover’s labyrinthine “America.”
Citing an eventual departure from music as an important step toward progress, Glover’s latest is a sociopolitical reckoning, and his first new material since 2016’s neo-soul pastiche, Awaken, My Love! On the heels of a widely buzzed Saturday Night Live appearance, in which Glover hosted, performed, and even made a playful jab at Migos with a segment dubbed “Friendos,” Glover’s now shared the new music video for his latest track, “This Is America.”
“This Is America” is a politically steeped directional piece by Hiro Murai, who’s also directed several episodes of Gambino’s television show Atlanta, and features background vocals from Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, and an appearance from SZA.