Watch these high school students freak out when Donald Glover shows up at an open mic night

Glover, aka Childish Gambino, performs 'This is America' as part of a fundraiser for high school arts

Glover, aka Childish Gambino, performs 'This is America' as part of a fundraiser for high school arts

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, surprised an auditorium full of high school students in Chicago when he performed his politically-fuelled hit "This is America." (YouTube)

An auditorium full of Chicago high school students got a surprise they won't soon forget when actor, writer and hip-hop star Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) showed up at an open mic night.

Hosted by Chance the Rapper, the event was part of a regular fundraiser for an organization called SocialWorks, which encourages youth participation in the arts.

The night was held in the auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, and only students with high school ID could get in.

"My next guest needs no introduction," Chance said. "So let's try it." As soon as the first notes of Glover's politically-charged hit "This is America" came through the speakers, the students screamed and started rushing the stage. Watch:

Glover's song and jarring video — which tackles racism, violence, apathy and more in America — have topped charts since their release last month.

You can watch the video in full here.


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