Shortly after Childish Gambino released his thought-provoking track “This Is America,” listeners began to notice the handful of cameos featured throughout the “featureless” track.
Gambino’s hard-hitting lines were punctuated by ad-libs from Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Slim Jxmmi, and BlocBoy JB, which ultimately underscored the ways in which pop culture is used to distract us from social injustices. The slew of ad-libs provided a subtle, yet powerful, element to the song; and it was apparently all Alex Tumay’s idea.
On Wednesday afternoon, the famed producer and music engineer revealed he was responsible for the cameos in “This Is America.” Tumay shared a screenshot of Genius’ Instagram post that referenced the guest ad-libs. The New York-based audio engineer, who contributed to Gambino’s track, wrote in the caption: “my idea.”
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