Donald Glover has just given us what might be the first taste of his final album under the Childish Gambino moniker, dropping the darkly-satirical ‘This Is America’ earlier today.

Just a couple of months after Donald Glover signed a new record deal with Wolf + Rothstein/RCA Records, the extremely versatile muso dropped his new tune today, which deals with issues of race relations in America, and appears to be a musical continuation of his soulful 2016 album, “Awaken, My Love!”, while still harnessing the straight hip-hop of 2013’s Because The Internet.

Featuring what appears to ad-libs from other rappers including 21 Savage, Offset and Young Thug, the tune’s accompanying video shows Glover dancing almost maniacally in a warehouse, as chaotic scenes of destruction and violence take place behind him.

At this stage, it’s not known whether or not this is indeed the first taste of Gambino’s upcoming album, but if it is, we’d best begin to savour it, with Donald Glover announcing back in June of last year that his upcoming album under that name is set to be his last.

“There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’” he said at the time. “You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.”

As it stands, Donald Glover is set to appear in New Zealand later this year where he is expected to be performing new music as part of his Pharos concert experience.

“Pharos right now, as it stands in fans’ minds, is that it represents new music,” explained Fam Rothstein at the time. “But not committing to announcing a new album gives us more space to be able to shift while also not giving that much away.”

Of course, we wouldn’t complain if Donald Glover wants to bring his Childish Gambino project over to Australia once more, but whether or not it will happen remains to be seen.

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