Sorry to disappoint you, but no, Guava Island is not a visual album. Premiered shortly after Childish Gambino’s headlining set at Coachella, the film centers itself as Gambino’s approach to his own Purple Rain. The film centers explores class division, labor, and how music impacts all walks of life.
Short, sweet, and straight to the point, Guava Island touches on the central themes of class division, labor, and how music impacts all walks of life. Screenwriter, Stephen Glover, compared the storyline and the underlining messages to the death of Nipsey Hussle, and how capitalism has left people out for years (via Rolling Stone). The driving force of the narrative is America, as it’s utilized as a symbol that represents sacrifice for the sweet old American Dream
Death became the focal point to Childish Gambino’s performance art. As death looms over in the film, Gambino commits an human sacrifice during his performance at Coachella. Also, songs from Gambino’s newest album 3:15 were first previewed in the film including the Ariana Grande assisted “Time”. Guava Island allows the endless possibilities for viewers to dissect how they emotionally connect to art.