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“This is America” was released on May 6th, 2018, and has been speculated to be the first single for Gambino’s upcoming album. It is his first single since the release of his 2016 studio album “Awaken, My Love!”. Released along with an accompanying music video, the song serves as a commentary on the condition of black Americans in 2018.
The stark contrast between the happy, carefree chorus and the dark, aggressive verses highlights the way the black experience is perceived in popular culture versus reality. .