To my black nerds this is church

from Childish Gambino – Sunrise Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

White dudes listen to Gambinos song because it’s rap, black nerds hear it because he’s preaching, and talking about his true experience as a black person in a white community. Also nerds because they analyze his lyrics and get lines such as this.

“Church” is a word shouted to proclaim the truthfulness of a statement. More specifically about things that aren’t readily said due to their controversy. Gambino is saying that a lot of his lyrics that deal with the complex issue of the race-culture dynamic among blacks and across different racial groups in America really speaks to blacks

Also, the stereotypical “black church” involves a lot of liveliness singing, whereas “white” church services are more solemn and straightforward. That adds an extra level of cleverness to the line.

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