Creators Of Childish Gambino's "Feels Like Summer" Video Decode Its Symbolism

Two 1990s-era cartoons influenced the style of the visuals.

(AllHipHop News) When Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover's "Feels Like Summer" music video hit YouTube, the collective Internet debated the meaning of the imagery as well as the clip's many animated cameos. The online discussion helped the video collect over 55 million views in a month.

Genius caught up with co-director Justin Richburg and character designer Ivan Dixon, and the two creators discussed the concepts behind "Feels Like Summer." It turns out the video's style was inspired, in part, by Batman: The Animated Series and Bébé's Kids.

"The whole video is the celebration of African-American culture. All these really well-known people doing quite normal family activities," stated Richburg. "There was a list of what Donald wanted to see and an order. It was up to us to figure out how to connect all those things."

Dixon and Richburg also addressed a few mysteries associated with the visuals. The person at the 2:22 mark is actually former NFL star/Undisputed host Shannon Sharpe, and the melting ice cream at 2:30 represents the late Hip Hop artist XXXTentacion.

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