‘Feels Like Summer’ by Childish Gambino

Donald McKinley Glover jr. aka Childish Gambino (and occasionally mcDJ when he finds the time) is not only one of the most talented artists in the world today, but undoubtedly one of the busiest. An award-winning actor, director, and producer on television, an in-demand movie star who has appeared prominently in some of the biggest films of the last few years, and a singer and musician with three acclaimed albums, and a recent US number one single behind him, he has a achieved more at the age of 34 than most of us would manage in a very long lifetime.

‘Feels Like Summer’ follows on from the aforementioned number one ‘This Is America’, and has been released as part of a new EP entitled Summer Pack, which also features the song ‘Summertime Magic’ which bizarrely enough has been released just as the season draws to a close, something that you may or may not want to read a deeper meaning in to.

I say this because reading a deeper meaning is something that people have definitely been doing with the accompanying video, directed by Glover with Ivan Dixon and Greg Sharp, and featuring animations of an array of leading black American figures, designed by illustrator Justin Richburg, all of whom are seen enigmatically partaking in a variety of different activities witnessed by Glover as he takes a late afternoon walk.

So we get Azaelia Banks sat in a tree, Drake chasing a bike-riding Future, Nicki Minaj having her toy building blocks knocked over by Travis Scott,  Chris Brown crying, Snoop Dogg and Jay Z dancing around Gucci Mane whilst he lays on the grass, and in probably the most talked-about scene, Michelle Obama putting her arms around a tearful Kanye West in a pose reminiscent of Obama’s famously cosy picture taken with George W. Bush.

What’s even more curious is that all this happens whilst Glover sings seemingly completely unrelated lyrics that would appear to be a comment on the state of the environment, akin to Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)‘. “Every day gets hotter than the one before, running out of water, it’s about to go down, air that kill the bees that we depend upon…” he chimes, over a musical backdrop which oozes the feel of a hot, lazy summer day. The track itself is a triumph, and without the video is well worth your time.

However, it’s the inriguing and rather brilliant video that has everyone talking and puzzling over the various message that may or may not carry some sort of message for us to figure out. We’re not going to do that here, because frankly we haven’t the time or space. We’ll leave that for you, and if you think you’ve cracked it then please leave a comment below. We’re content to groove to the song itself, and just generally bask in the glow of Glover’s enormous and relentless talent.


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