May 7 (UPI) — Childish Gambino, the rap persona of actor Donald Glover, has released a new music video for his latest single “This is America” which switches between having fun and violence.
The video starts with Gambino inside a warehouse as lyrics about having a party begin to play out before the music star breaks things up by shooting a hooded prisoner in the head.
“This is America,” he says as the song changes tone.
Gambino, throughout the politically-charged clip, dances shirtless inside a warehouse alongside a group of students as violent scenes play out. “This is America/ Police be trippin’ now/ Yeah, this is America/ Guns in my area,” he raps.
The video first appears to end on a positive note as Gambino dances on top of a car before he is then seen running for his life in the dark while looking terrified.
Gambino performed “This is America” on Saturday Night Live shortly after the video was released. The 34-year-old pulled double duty on the sketch comedy show as he also hosted.
Gambino is set to go on tour starting in September. His last album Awaken, My Love!, was released in December 2016 and included the hit single, “Redbone.”