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Childish Gambino, Rae Sremmurd

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KeyArena Seattle Center
Sat Sept 29, 7:30 pm 21+


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Recommended by Leilani Polk

Sure, “This Is America”—the provocative, political gut-punch of a single released in May by Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover—sounds suspiciously similar in feel, form, and content to NYC rapper Jase Harley’s “American Pharaoh.” Even as a Glover fan, I can admit that. But as Charles Mudede pointed out, “true genius is not often about originality but the ability to copy or translate or interpret or associate.” And “This Is America” is so damn solid: a clash of delightfully bright, upbeat, quasi-serious gospel falling between sinister, growling production and head-bobbing shoulder-shrugging beats that back Glover’s dark reflections on the state of America today and the black experience within it, from mass shootings to police brutality to asinine materialism. The song was unexpected in light of his greasy-delicious, P-Funk-groove-saturated 2016 LP, Awaken My Love!, and so welcome.

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  • Sat Sept 29, 7:30 pm