In May, Childish Gambino made waves with his controversial single This Is America. Now, some people are pointing out apparent similarities between the track and rapper Jase Harley's 2016 song American Pharaoh. Harley said he is happy to have potentially served as inspiration for the record, but noted that "a shout out would be cool." [Twitter]
https://t.co/vzE7948Gn7 They sound mad similar in structure and certain parts of the flow. This is one of the few times where it doesn't seem like people are reaching bro. Hmm.— ✞⁷ (@jrewl) June 25, 2018
The beat, the flow sounds incredibly similar. It is hard to deny the similarity between the two but the highly thought provoking song could it be a copy?
Yeah he's talked about it a bit on IG and doesn't seem upset...but also doesn't seem to have gotten the bag either pic.twitter.com/oMFqPKgIt4— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) June 25, 2018
I feel extremely humbled to be recognized and labeled as one or the original inspirations for one of the most important pieces of music and visual art of our time. I appreciate all the love and support! But PLEASE DON’T let this controversy dilute the message me and @childishgambino are trying to convey. We are speaking about injustices we’ve encountered and he’s helped to provide a platform for all our voices to be heard. Let’s not discredit him for that! The focus should be on affecting change in our communities and building equality. This is bigger than me and him and bigger than music. Let’s not lose focus 🙏🏾 #noonewinswhenthefamilyfeuds #futurists
Childish Gambino Collaborator Denies “This Is America” Plagiarism Allegations
One of Donald Glover’s creative partners has denied claims that Glover “stole” the music for his No. 1 single “This Is America” from a March 2016 song called “American Pharaoh” by New York rapper Jase Harley. Fam Rothstein is a co-principal of the creative agency Wolf + Rothstein (which is comprised of himself, Donald Glover, and Wolf Taylor), and he also co-produced the music video for “This Is America.”
This morning, in response to a user who claimed that Glover “stole the song,” Rothstein tweeted: “The internet is a place of no consequences. I hate that Toronto Akademiks/every white blogger can say something as gospel and y’all take it. This song is 3 yrs old, and we have Pro Tools files to prove it.” Find his tweet below. [pitchfork]