He’s done it again.
Childish Gambino dropped a music video for his song “Feels Like Summer” less than 24 hours ago, and it’s already garnered nearly 4 million views on YouTube, claimed the top spot of the site’s trending list, and elicited a range of reaction from fans online.
Donald Glover, the actor/musician behind Childish Gambino, gained notoriety in May after debuting his music video for “This Is America” on “Saturday Night Live.” Globe film critic Ty Burr wrote shortly after that the video was an “incendiary historio-cultural mind-messing that appears built to function as a closed conversation for black America and an open classroom for anyone else.”
Glover’s new video, whose characters were designed by visual artist Justin Richburg, features cameos from several rappers and musicians, including Beyonce, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Diddy, Will Smith, and Jay-Z, among others.
The video makes several cultural references to those in the know, including poking fun at Nicki Minaj’s feud with Travis Scott.
One notable frame shows a crying Kanye West clad in a “Make America Great Again” hat being hugged by Michelle Obama. The rapper recently apologized to “people who felt let down” by his saying that slavery was a “choice,” and for wearing the Donald Trump campaign hat. (In April, West also went on a tweetstorm that appeared to support Trump, calling the president “my brother.” Trump retweeted the post, thanking the rapper and declaring it “very cool.”)
Some took to Twitter to comment on the video, including Kehlani, who claimed that a character that looked like her was not actually her portrayal because the cartoon figure lacked tattoos.
Others dissected the cameos, particularly the Kanye West/Michelle Obama moment.
Personally, I saw it a couple ways. 1. It could be seen as Kanye missing his mother, he's been acting erratic since, and finding comfort in Michelle Obama.— JNR (@Jaypie03) September 3, 2018
2. Kanye being disappointed in his choice to support Trump, And Michelle being from where he is, chooses to comfort him. https://t.co/o5JtW9ezXD
Word. I actually think this is more of a commentary on the Obamas never "accepting" Kanye in the way he wanted. He complained about not being invited to the WH, while other rappers were. I think that played into his MAGA ish. And in this vid, Michelle Obama embraces him & he's ok— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) September 2, 2018
Glover is also known for his acting career, both on TV and on the big screen. He was in the ensemble of TV’s “Community” for six seasons, helped script “30 Rock,” cameo’d in a few episodes of “Girls,” and created “Atlanta.” He’s also had roles in major films, including “The Martian,” “Magic Mike XXL,” and, more recently, played the young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff.
Ty Burr of the Globe staff contributed to this report.