Shirtless Childish Gambino is a Whole Mood at the iHeart Music Festival

By December Savage-Brown

September 22, 2018

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If you've watched the This is America music video then you most likely were immediately drawn to the eclectic dance moves that Childish Gambino displayed. In fact, along with the facial expressions, the moves, choreographed by Sherrie Silver, may have been a main focal point of the video. We watched as Gambino seemingly mimicked early 19th-century minstrel shows infamous for mocking people of African descent through musical performances. Characters were typically played by white people in blackface and occasionally by black performers themselves. 

Tonight (9/21), Gambino hit the iHeartRadio Music Festival to show off some of those same moves from his hit music video.  We watched as his body vibed and grooved to the melodic flow of his music and couldn't help but to do the same. That much soul just cannot be contained and is in fact contagious! 

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During the performance, Childish donned a simple shirtless look with some loose sweats and the staple double chain look. The natural hair itself is a look and a political move, a perfect match with his social commenting music. 

These same moves were used in the music video as a distraction from what the true political climate of America is. 

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Earlier this week at his D.C performance for his "This is America" tour, Gambino admitted that the song This is America originally came about after the 2015 Baltimore riots. It makes you wonder, has he kept the song in his pocket all along waiting for the right time to drop? If so, 2018 is the perfect year following such a heavy political environment. Gambino has embodied a whole a** mood and we are here for it! 

Watch the music video below. Not just once, not just twice, but maybe a thousand times because you'll have a new perspective and more insight each time. 

If you missed any of this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival, we've got you covered! Fans can re-live all of the best moments from the unforgettable weekend by tuning into a two-night television special, exclusively on The CW, on October 7th and October 8th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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