Drake Blasts Childish Gambino's "This Is America" On Tour, Calls It "Overrated"

Considering that Donald Glover confessed the track was originally a Drake diss, there's clearly some bias at play.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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Drake's "It's All A Blur" tour with 21 S*vage just kicked off, and there's no shortage of things to talk about. However, perhaps the spiciest and most potentially consequential part of the whole ordeal was him dissing Childish Gambino's "This Is America" as part of his visuals. Moreover, it was fittingly during Drizzy's performance of the track "Headlines," where multiple headlines appear on a screen. "The Overrated And Over Awarded Hit Song ‘This Is America’ Was Originally A Drake Diss Record," the screen read at one point. Of course, it's entirely possible that this is all in good fun, but considering their history, it's not particularly likely, either.

What's more is that it's kind of wild to think of Childish Gambino's "This Is America," a politically charged statement of a song, starting off as a Drake diss. Maybe that's the point, as the 6 God isn't one to engage in a lot of social topics in his music (which isn't a bad thing, necessarily). Regardless of your interpretation of this shade, there's a bit of conflicting evidence here as to whether there's legitimate beef here. For example, photographers captured them at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscars party, so maybe they're just having fun with the outlets that will go wild over this news.

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Drake's Onstage Shade To "This Is America"

Furthermore, Donald Glover explained the origins of "This Is America" during a recent GQ interview. "The idea for the song started as a joke, to be completely honest," Childish Gambino revealed. "‘This is America’- that was all we had, was, like, that line. And it started as a Drake diss, to be honest [laughs], as like, a funny way of, like, doing it. But then I was like, 'This s**t sounds kind of hard, though,' you know? So I was like, ‘Let me play with it.’ So we just had that for a long time."

Meanwhile, the Canadian superstar actually appeared (albeit in animated and mute form) on Childish's music video for "Feels Like Summer." In addition, Glover used him as inspiration for the "Atlanta" episode "Champagne Papi," titled not-so-subtly. In it, the character Vanessa goes to a party hosted by him, and he even responded to the episode: "This s**t is surreal, I’m too high for this." Perhaps these two aren't such enemies after all and are just playing around- and if they are their oppositions, well, let's see how Glover reacts. For more news and the latest updates on Childish Gambino and Drake, come back to HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.