Released on May 5 to coincide with Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) performing on and hosting Saturday Night Live, “This Is America” became Gambino’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, debuting atop the chart after less than a week of tracking.
With provocative lyrics and a video that depicts a host of racially charged issues facing the country -- protests, police brutality and gun violence -- “America” also includes a slew of other MCs contributing vocal ad-libs: Young Thug, Quavo, 21 Savage, Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd and BlocBoy JB, whose contributions to the video include Gambino doing his “Shoot” dance, popularized in his “Look Alive” clip featuring Drake, which hit No. 5 on the Hot 100. BlocBoy weighs in on one of the year’s most jolting hits.