I got the game shook like a young black Elvis

from Childish Gambino – Fire Lyrics on Rap Genius


Just like Elvis Presley, Gambino claims to be something completely different to that which the scene has ever seen before, and he’s aiming to revolutionize the game just like Elvis did. Elvis was also known for his shaky dance style, with songs like “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”. He was also known for the fact that he popularized traditionally Black music styles, a White guy who brought Black music to White people. For Gambino to be “a young Black Elvis” also illustrates Gambino’s (or recent rap in general’s) crossover success with Black and White, Middle-class and Urban audiences.

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