Before we even get started here, let me just state loud and clear that not anyone can truly pull off these moves. You need true confidence and soul running throughout your body to really give a display. Childish Gambino has exactly that and his confidence is unmatched. This is a man who knows exactly who he is and the message that he's sending out into the world.
Childish hit the iHeartRadio Music Festival stage tonight to give us a taste of what we can only strive to attain. He walked out solo with nothing but a microphone and a pair of sweatpants ready to tell you his story through sound and movement.
We witnessed these amazing moves in the eye-opening music video This is America released earlier this year. His dances mimic the infamous movements mocking those of African ancestry in the early 19th-century minstrel shows. These roles were typically played by white people donning blackface for a musical performance. There's a lot jam-packed right there and you could spend all day and night analyzing why the multi-hyphenated artist chooses to do what he does.
Let's break down these moves.
Okay, so the face needs to be on point. I'm not talking about some smiling, cheesing, or grinning. Your face needs to display the aggression of your body being snatched by all of the ancestors wronged throughout history. You need to embody your past, present, and future and push that through with the beat of the drum. This is an emotional thing and not for the dispassionate.
Let go of the embarrassment. There's no room for that here. Now, here's what we got:
The Sassy Walk
The Body Roll
The "I'm Feeling Myself"
The Smooth Spin
The Snap and 2-Step
Master these and you're in the game.
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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