At this point in the timeline of pop culture, anything Donald Glover – aka Childish Gambino – puts out is expected to be equal parts brilliant and bonkers.
Just watch his brilliant “This Is America” music video or his equally-brilliant TV show Atlanta and you’ll likely find yourself in the mindset of “I don’t know what I’m watching but it is awesome”.
And now that little mantra has held true with Gambino’s newest offering: a completely out-there animated music video for his recently-released song “Feels Like Summer”.
Co-directed by Gambino, Ivan Dixon, and Greg Sharp, and animated by Justin Richburg, the whole thing is a four-minute symphony to the surreal as it depicts Gambino walking down a neighbourhood that’s populated by essentially every popular hip-hop artist on your Spotify playlist.
But instead of looking and being cool, all these hip-hop artists are like those annoying 10-year-old kids who get up to no good.
There’s Nicki Minaj getting upset at Travis Scott for knocking over her block castle, Pusha-T stealing Drake’s bike (which I could totally see happen in real life), and ASAP Rocky and Solange playing tug of war with the Weeknd.
But by far the best and most memorable cameo is the one of Kanye West because not only is he depicted as a crying mess in a Make American Great Again hat, Michelle Obama is the one who comforts poor sniffling Yeezy. That’s also something I can totally see happen in real life.
The new Childish Gambino video for “Feels Like Summer” 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Y3pHtILD9K
— M I K E M I L L (@MikeMillerMM) September 2, 2018
Unfortunately for all of us in Australia, the video is unavailable to watch because of regional restrictions and because life just doesn’t want us to have nice things. So unless you have something like a VPN, watching the “Feels Like Summer” video ain’t (sadly) happening and you’re gonna have to trawl Twitter or other places to get your Childish Gambino fix.
But still, if this is what Glover can do if given the keys to an animation playset, then Marvel really messed up by not letting him do that Deadpool TV series we all wanted.