The artist Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is accused of stealing “This Is America” from is giving the rapper a pass, saying he’s “Extremely humbled” to have possibly inspired Gambino’s track.
Jase Harley released a song called “American Pharaoh” in 2016 that has a similar message and, to many, a similar sound.
Some people accused Glover of flat-out copying Harley while others have just seen it as inspiration for Glover’s track.
He goes on to say Gambino had a bigger platform to convey the message and that shouldn’t go unnoticed, but the focus should be on “Affecting change in our communities and building equality.”
Since it’s release, Gambino’s “This Is America” has been certified platinum and its video has amassed almost 300 million views on YouTube.
Gambino’s manager, Fam Rothstein, also clapped back at the haters Monday, saying “This Is America” actually dates back to three years ago, and has the Pro Tools proof.
Childish Gambino’s Manager Denies “This Is America” Rip-Off Rumors
Over the weekend, the theory that Childish Gambino, who had achieved massive success with his recent single, “This Is America,” actually ripped-off another artist who made a song two years ago that sounded remarkably similar.
Internet detectives concluded that “This Is America” sounded awfully like the song “American Pharoah,” a track uploaded to New Jersey rapper Jase Harley’s Soundcloud.
Listening to the two songs back to back, they do share quite a few resemblances.
The singing intro leading into the aggressive flow sounds remarkably like Childish Gambino’s song that premiered at number one on the Billboard chart.
While there has been no world from Gambino on the controversy, his manager, Fam Udeorji, had a very strong message to the people who believed that Gambino would steal a song from another artist.
“This song is 3 yrs old, and we have pro tools files to prove it. but fuck you and your moms, and your future fetuses. stay blessed.”
It’s possible that this was an instance of multiple discovery, or maybe just an unfortunate coincidence.
It looks like one of the biggest songs of 2018 might be a rip-off
On top of that, the song itself is a bit of a banger, although it admittedly loses a lot of power without the visual companion…. Clip via Donald Glover.
Between that, his excellent TV show Atlanta, and a scene-stealing turn as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, it’s been a pretty great summer for Donald Glover.
Released in 2016, a track by the name of ‘American Pharaoh’ by rapper Jase Harley has drawn significant comparisons to ‘This Is America’, with many flat-out accusing Glover of wholesale lifting elements from the song to pass off as his own.
Harley has yet to make an official statement on the matter, though he did respond to comments on his latest Instagram post after many people highlighted the similarities between the two songs and accused Glover of outright plagiarism.
Another response saw him admit that “All artists get inspired by others” and that Glover has his “Love and support” with Harley “Glad if my record influenced his”.
Glover has yet to respond to these claims, but it’s all very reminiscent of recent music plagiarism battles such as ‘Blurred Lines’ which effectively killed Robin Thicke’s career as quick as it began to break through, following a successful $5.3 million copyright claim from the estate of Marvin Gaye.
Update 3pm. Fam Rothstein of creative agency Wolf + Rothstein, which is made up of Rothstein, Wolf Taylor and Donald Glover, has responded on Twitter.
Childish Gambino accused of copying rapper’s song on This Is America
Childish Gambino’s politically charged hit song, This Is America, debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, was widely praised for opening a new dialogue about gun violence in America and its provocative video spawned numerous parodies.
The 34-year-old entertainer’s artistry has been called into question after fans noticed similarities between This Is America and a song by lesser-known rapper Jase Harley.
This Is America, which has amassed almost 300 million YouTube views, is said to not only share the same subject matter as the American Pharaoh but a similar instrumental and vocal inflection.
One person wrote: ‘So Childish Gambino straight-up stole “This is America” from an obscure rappers’s song released in 2016 without even crediting or contacting them.
Another person said claims that Childish Gambino stole the work and didn’t give a shout out were worsened by the fact that Jase was a ‘starving artist’.
While Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, has yet to address the allegations, New Jersey- based Jase said he noticed the similarities as soon as he heard This Is America and wished that Childish Gambino had given him the credit he deserved.
Metro has reached out to Childish Gambino’s representatives for comment.