Childish Gambino has released the cryptic visuals for his 25 min short film, Clapping For The Wrong Reasons. We previously published the trailer for the video, which left us all wondering what this project is about. After watching for the first time, you will most likely still be wondering what Donald Glover’s aim was with this movie. We decided to take on the film and analyze a few of its symbolic moments.
Recently, Glover announced that he was taking a break from acting in order to dedicate himself to music. This leads us to believe that this film is not a visual experiment, but a series of hints about influences, themes and sounds his next project is going to explore.
The film hints at past collaborations and future ones. For instance, the presence of Chance The Rapper reminds the viewer of their track “Favorite Song,” featured on Chance’s Acid Rap. In addition, at one point during the film, we are given a taste of another track featuring both artists, likely to appear on Gambino’s next project.
Later in the movie, Chance and Childish take on a push-up battle. Chance appears to be faster and stronger than Childish at first. Perhaps this is a metaphor for the contrast between Acid Rap‘s rapid ascension and Childish Gambino’s struggles for acceptance early in his career. Gambino’s push-ups are slower, but he ends up lasting longer and winning.
At around 4:50, we hear some of a slow 80’s-style beat that Childish has been working on. It seems like Centipede was an accurate representation of where Gambino is going. Here is the genius in him giving us snippets of his new sound: the brain is more responsive to familiar sounds. As a result, if you’ve watched his movie, you are more likely to enjoy his new tracks.
Throughout the video, you will hear the loud sound of a plane flying over his mansion twice. This hints to his future travels that will come as he plans his tour. Some topics highlighted in the film will most likely be explored in his next project, such as living on the streets, struggling for money, the painful thought of murder — one of the most intense moments of the video, which occurs at the 20 minute marker. Gambino also emphasizes loneliness throughout the video: a giant house, dozens of shoes at the entrance, a large amount of characters, some of whom he doesn’t even know.
We will have to wait until his project drops to know if our predictions are right, but in the mean time, let us know what you think in the comment section or on twitter: @TakinMines
Directed by: Hiro Murai.