Twitter breaks down Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer” Video Clip
Gambino generates thoughts.
After the drop of Childish Gambino‘s “This is America,” Twitter went to town on interpreting it’s many meanings, from the subliminal to the obvious. It’s become a habit now for Donald Glover to bring societal issues to the forefront of the mind through his music. So when he dropped the animated visuals for “Feels Like Summer” over the Labor Day Weekend, we just knew the Twittersphere would take note of every single little detail and their meaning.
And the sometimes wonderful, sometimes ugly people of Twitter didn’t disappoint.
Gambino himself has yet to speak about the project, illustrator Justin Richburg, credited as designing the animated characters, spoke with BBC about his own interpretation. “The concept of the video is that you’re just walking down the street on a summer day while the sun’s going down,” Richburg said. “Something like that just happened to be random because anything could be happening down a block. It was basically like a block party that Childish Gambino is walking from.”
But we know that there’s more to it than that.
Scenes featuring Kanye West’s MAGA hat, Nicki Minaj playing with Travis Scott, as well as solemn depictions of Kid Cudi and Chris Brown have fast become talking points.
Here’s the best interpretations thus far:
Gambino is warning listeners about climate change and the effects of global warming
forget the feels like summer video have y’all listened to the lyrics? global warming is real ppl wake up gambino said pic.twitter.com/xG2rEOq6y1
— andrea ? (@andreaalizard) 4 September 2018
Crazy how Feels Like Summer by Childish Gambino sounds so chill you’ll disregard what he says.. he’s out here telling us bees are dying, birds are dying, global warming is getting worse and water is running out. He’s just so good at getting his messages out in catchy songs.
— BelizeanBae (@H_Pech_) 2 September 2018
People keep saying feels like summer by childish gambino is finally addressing global warming in a popular song but we all know smash mouth has been woke since 2009 with “The ice we skate is getting pretty thin, the water’s getting warm so we might as well swim”
— ky (@kydradar) 5 September 2018
Nicki Minaj feels undermined by Travis Scott
the symbolism in Childish Gambino’s Feels Like Summer video!! Nicki building up her career and her empire from the ground up, for over a decade, to only have Travis from behind(hence why he pulled the block from BEHIND what was being built) the scenes (try) to tear it down. pic.twitter.com/hBKSEIhzjH
— SCOTTIE ? (@eyeofscottie) 2 September 2018
childish gambino really out here showing how childish the feud between nicki and travis scott is by showing them playing together in his music video for feels like summer
— The Alchemist (@mellow_leigh) 4 September 2018
just watched the ‘Feels Like Summer’ video and loling @ Gambino having Nicki and Travis Scott playing blocks together after this whole #1 album debacle
— Cherise M. (@ChicReese) 2 September 2018
Chris Brown cannot move on from his past
This picture really shows how much y’all are destroying Chris. Because no matter what good he does or how much he tries to be a better man, y’all always bring him down by bringing up his past. Or simply lying on his name. #FeelsLikeSummer #ChildishGambino pic.twitter.com/yb2UsG8VhG
— Shay_Not_Chay (@shay123shayok) 2 September 2018
I noticed he did a part where he was in his head and @chrisbrown was distraught and @rihanna was at peace and I liked that part because it showed that he is still caught up in the past but @donaldglover still looks at him with love.https://t.co/1LzGq4xWK0
— Bodwa Nkabinde (@Bodwa_Nkabinde) 2 September 2018
Kanye West has become the very thing he once despised
The Michelle Obama/Kanye West hug from the #FeelsLikeSummer video is nearly identical to her hug with George W Bush. @donaldglover is saying that Kanye, who once said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”, has become the same person he once despised. pic.twitter.com/Ipp49GbmYf
— Noah Weisberg (@Noah_Weisberg) 3 September 2018
Gambino is addressing the state of West’s mental health
Kanye and Michelle Obama from the new Childish Gambino video “Feels Like Summer”. pic.twitter.com/RSkS3OrDOv
— Anand (@UseableID) 2 September 2018
I was reading tweets about Childish Gambino’s newest video, specifically the Kanye/Michelle Obama moment. I just thought Michelle was giving Kanye a hug because he struggles with depression and general public opinion, and probably low self esteem.
— Matt (@Reverend_Gamera) 2 September 2018
. . . and ’Ye is in the sunken place or a shadow of his former self
— alejo 2.0 ? (@ajarodz) 2 September 2018
The ice-cream is a tribute to the late XXXTentacion
— Phoenix Ray (@ph0enixray) 3 September 2018
— Cam Rucker ? (@camxrucker) 3 September 2018
Well shit on a stick and call me Nick because y’all never told me that the ice-cream in Gambino’s ‘Feels Like Summer’ is xxxtentacion and that the guy next to him is the governor of Florida pic.twitter.com/Xx1n9GWqjF
— Shaheed. (@Shaheeeed_) 4 September 2018
Azealia Banks is still an outsider in the rap industry
Azealia Banks chillin by herself in Childish Gambino’s new mv while everyone else is playing with others is a statement. +this is one of the best mv’s ever tbh pic.twitter.com/YP4k6tmkz3
— kuntkeeng (@heychristian69) 2 September 2018
Kid Cudi’s public and private battle with mental health
ok but my favorite part of feels like summer is when gambino says ‘i know you know that pain’ and it transitions from him to kid cudi THEN to kanye pic.twitter.com/gsVCrcbHcU
— nina (@zvttter) 3 September 2018
Kid Cudi appears in Binos Feels Like Summer vid the moment he sings “oh I know you know that pain”
My heart pic.twitter.com/XdBgpgFaVX
— :flame princess: (@BrianaMescudi) 3 September 2018
Soulja Boy reflects on his glory days
I’ve been jamming to Childish Gambino’s Feels Like Summer for a few hours now. Love the video too. Seeing Soulja Boy teaching the current generation of Sound Cloud Rappers about his glory days is strangely endearing. pic.twitter.com/ZKNPYDxiaa
— Steven Nunez (@DrSteve1790) 3 September 2018
In related news, adidas have revealed that there is a collaboration with Childish Gambino in the works!