This Is America - Childish Gambino

from the single This Is America (2018)

If somebody held a gun to my head and asked me to name the most important song of the past fifty years, I would say The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.

The reason is that the song not only depicted the state of things-as-they-are, it also provoked a meaningful conversation.  I believe that so much of my resistance to future hip-hop and rap songs is that they largely fail to provoke the conversation quite the same way.

This is America is the most consequential conversation starter that I can think of since The Message, particularly in the context of its music video.

Click Here to watch the music video to This Is America.  It will prepare you for the discussion that is surely to come.

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