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"This Is America" is a 2018 song by actor/rapper Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover. In the music video, it features a man shooting people in an exaggerated depiction of American stereotypes.

The song was performed by Childish Gambino (who also played the protagonist), with rappers Quavo, Young Thug, 21 Savage, BlocBoy JB, Slim Jxmmi, and a chorus providing backup.

Lyrics

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away

We just wanna party
Party just for you
We just want the money
Money just for you
(Yeah)
I know you wanna party
Party just for free
Girl, you got me dancin'
(Girl, you got me dancin')
Dance and shake the frame
(Yeah)
We just wanna party
(Yeah)
Party just for you
(Yeah)
We just want the money
(Yeah)
Money just for you
(You)
I know you wanna party
(Yeah)
Party just for free
(Yeah)
Girl, you got me dancin'
(Girl, you got me dancin', yeah)
Dance and shake the frame
(Ooh)

This is America
Don't catch you slippin' now
Don't catch you slippin' now
Look what I'm whippin' now
This is America
(Woo)
Don't catch you slippin' now
Don't catch you slippin' now
Look what I'm whippin' now

This is America
(Skrrt, skrrt, woo)
Don't catch you slippin' now
(Ayy)
Look how I'm livin' now
Police be trippin' now
(Woo)
Yeah, this is America
(Woo, ayy)
Guns in my area
(Word, my area)
I got the strap
(Ayy, ayy)
I gotta carry 'em
Yeah, yeah, I'ma go into this
(Ugh)
Yeah, yeah, this is guerilla
(Woo)
Yeah, yeah, I'ma go get the bag
Yeah, yeah, or I'ma get the pad
Yeah, yeah, I'm so cold like, yeah
(Yeah)
I'm so dope like, yeah
(Woo)
We gon' blow like, yeah
(Straight up, uh)

Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (Get your— Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Get your—Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Get your—Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Get your—Black man)
Black man

This is America
(Woo, ayy)
Don't catch you slippin' now
(Woo, woo, don't catch you slippin' now)
Don't catch you slippin' now
(Ayy, woah)
Look what I'm whippin' now
(Slime!)
This is America
(Yeah, yeah)
Don't catch you slippin' now
(Woah, ayy)
Don't catch you slippin' now
(Ayy, woo)
Look what I'm whippin' now
(Ayy)

Look how I'm geekin' out
(Hey)
I'm so fitted
(I'm so fitted, woo)
I'm on Gucci
(I'm on Gucci)
I'm so pretty
(Yeah, yeah, woo)
I'm gon' get it
(Ayy, I'm gon' get it)
Watch me move
(Blaow)
This a celly
(Ha)
That's a tool
(Yeah)
On my Kodak
(Woo)
Black
Ooh, know that
(Yeah, know that, hold on)
Get it
(Woo, get it, get it)
Ooh, work it
Hunnid bands, hunnid bands, hunnid bands
(Hunnid bands)
Contraband, contraband, contraband
(Contraband)
I got the plug in Oaxaca
(Woah)
They gonna find you like "blocka"
(Blaow)

Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
America, I just checked my following list, and
You go tell somebody
You motherf*ckers owe me
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man
(Black man)
Get your money, Black man
(Black man)
Get your money, Black man
(Black man)
Get your money, Black man
(Black man)
Black man
(1, 2, 3—get down)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me, "Get your money"
Get your money, Black man
(Black man)
Get your money, Black man
(Black man)
Get your money, Black man
(Black man)
Get your money, Black man
(Black man)
Black man

You just a black man in this world
You just a barcode, ayy
You just a black man in this world
Drivin' expensive foreigns, ayy
You just a big dawg, yeah
I kenneled him in the backyard
No, probably ain't life to a dog
For a big dog

Other Appearances

  • The song was released as a single and on the album 2019 GRAMMY© Nominees.
  • A clean version was released as a single.

Gallery

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Videos

Trivia

  • The song became the 31st song to debut at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming both Gambino's first number one and top ten single in the country.
  • The song won in all four of its nominated categories at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video.
    • This made Gambino the first hip-hop artist to win Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and "This Is America" the first rap song to win these awards.
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