This Is America" is a song by American rapper . Written by Donald Glover, Childish Gambino , and Ludwig Göransson , Jeffery Lamar Williams and produced by Glover and Göransson, it was released on May 5, 2018, at the same time that Gambino was hosting that day's episode of  . The song features background vocals by American rappers Saturday Night Live (who also has writing credit as Williams), Young Thug , Slim Jxmmi , BlocBoy JB , and Quavo . 21 Savage  The song addresses the wider issue of  , the high rate of gun violence in the United States in the United States, along with longstanding mass shootings and racism against discrimination . African Americans
The song's accompanying
was directed by filmmaker music video , a frequent Gambino collaborator. Hiro Murai  According to  , the song is not the first single from Gambino's upcoming studio album. RCA Records  "This Is America" became the 31st song to  on the US debut at number one , becoming both Gambino's first number one and top ten single in the country. It has also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. The song won in all four of its nominated categories at the Billboard Hot 100 : 61st Annual Grammy Awards , Record of the Year , Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance . This made Gambino the first hip-hop artist to win Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and "This Is America" the first Best Music Video song to win these awards. rap 
The song features a
-style choir and background contributions from various American rappers. gospel , Young Thug , Slim Jxmmi , BlocBoy JB and 21 Savage each deliver an Quavo . ad-lib  Young Thug returns to supply the song's  . outro The lyrics primarily address  and being black in the United States . gun violence in the country It also touches on  . police brutality   's Stephen Kearse described the song as a representation of the "tightrope of being black", with the song "built on the sharp contrast between jolly, syncretic melodies and menacing trap cadences". Pitchfork
Media outlets reported that a number of listeners accused Gambino of plagiarism over "This Is America", pointing out the similarities between the song and "American Pharaoh" by Jase Harley.
  stated, "The tracks have a similar sound, and share similar themes in the lyrics." Harley stated that he felt "This Is America" was influenced by his song, but that he does not have an issue with it. Glover's manager, Fam Rothstein, denied any plagiarism. CBS News