Childish Gambino Reveals ‘This Is America’ Was Originally A Drake Diss

In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Childish Gambino says his hit, “This Is America,” was originally a Drake diss.

Gambino decided to take the song more seriously as it developed.

I had that idea three years before,

Glover said of the 2018 record.

The idea for the song started as a joke, to be completely honest. ‘This is America,’ that was all we had – that line. And it started as a Drake diss, to be honest, as like a funny way of doing it. But then I was like, this sh_t sounds kind of hard, though.

Gambino says the song and video came together after studying Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video and Young Thug, who has a writing credit on the song, advised to make a “We Are The World” type of song for Hip-Hop.

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