Speak from your heart and never compromise what you feel is real
And never let these white people tell you how to feel
Never let anybody tell you how to feel

from Childish Gambino – We Ain't Them Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He speaks about self-identity quite frequently in his studio album Camp and other works, such as in Be Alone, Gambino mentions people telling him what to do and how to feel as a byproduct of newfound fame.

He believes today kids, especially black kids, are told who they ought to be everyday. But Donald believes that you should always want to be yourself and not to let anybody else tell you who you are. With We Ain’t Them, he’s saying ignore this; just do you.

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