Childish Gambino's Explosive 'This Is America' Scores 16M Views Overnight

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On the same night that LeBron James hit a game winning shot to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 3-0 lead in their playoff series, Saturday Night Live nearly aired a sketch featuring his "teammates" thanking him for carrying them.

During his opening monologue on the show, he noted that rather than be seen as a triple threat, he views himself as just a threat. Solo: A Star Wars Story will co-star Donald Glover as fan favorite Lando Calrissian, a role originally played by Billy Dee Williams.

In the sketch, "A Kanye Place", friends have a hard time staying quiet when they hear what rapper Kanye West has been up to, riffing on West's recent statements and the film A Quiet Place.

Glover dances and grooves to the music throughout the rest of the video, until the closing moments when we seeing him running from a mob made up of the same people he'd once been grooving with.

This Is America marks Gambino's first new piece of music since his Grammy-nominated album Awaken, My Love! was released at the end of 2016.

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He also unveiled a second new song, Saturday, which was introduced by Zoë Kravitz.

The four-minute clip created for Glover's hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino is directed by Hiro Murai - a filmmaker who has also worked with Glover on his television series Atlanta.

Saturday's SNL was one of the best episodes in a while, with a surplus of cameos and a top-notch hosting performance from Donald Glover. Another shooting of a gospel choir is eerily reminiscent of the 2015 terrorist attack at a Charleston church that killed nine people attending a bible study.

It was accompanied by an absolutley wild, strangely violent, yet captivating music video.

On the contrastingly upbeat song, he raps: "This is America/Don't catch you slippin" up/Look at how I'm livin' now/Police be trippin' now/Yeah, this is America/Guns in my area/I got the strap/I gotta carry "em".

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