This is America: the theories behind Childish Gambino's satirical masterpiece

Donald Glover on SNL

Video: Childish Gambino – 'This Is America'

Saturday night as he held down the dual role of both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, Donald Glover revived his role as Childish Gambino when he dropped off the loaded "This Is America" music video.

Donald Glover is seen in his music video for "This is America". Theories about what it all means have started stacking up. The music video for the song is intense. The visual, which takes aim at the country's ongoing issue with gun violence, begins with a man picking up a guitar before playing it while sitting on a chair.

Within the first few moments of the music video, the rapper shoots someone dead with much nonchalance.

A picture of the guests was also added to the amusing sketch, which Cecily Strong and Donald Glover nailed.

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In just four minutes, and with help from frequent Atlanta director and longtime collaborator Hiro Murai, Gambino manages to highlight the 2015 Charleston mass shooting, the Black Lives Matter movement, and America's gun epidemic.

"This Is America" lit up social media after its debut. "This Is America" references numerous country's recent mass shootings from the Charleston, SC church shootings to Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School.

Glover also used his appearance on the show as an opportunity to release his powerful new single, "This Is America". Some viewers have pointed out that the people chasing him are not black, and so it may be another comment on race and police brutality.

A new album is expected later this year, with Glover set to appear in fall wit Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples.

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