Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, has been accused of stealing “This Is America” from a lesser known rapper who released an eerily similar song back in 2015.
The artist, Jase Harley, isn’t accusing Donald of plagiarism — but instead says he’s “extremely humbled” to have possibly inspired the 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.
Harley finally spoke out Monday via Instagram. Harley says the controversy shouldn’t “dilute the message me and @childishgambino are trying to convey … about injustices we’ve encountered.”
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. He also added, “But f*** you and your moms, and your future fetuses.” Not exactly the high road there.
We don’t know the ins-and-outs of how American Pharoah’s track and Childish’s came to be — but they’re definitely similar in sound AND subject matter.
Listen to both songs below.