Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Accused Of Plagiarizing A Track From 2016
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Childish Gambino’s This Is America has been making headlines ever since its debut.
The music video has been applauded by many, including host Jamie Foxx who invited Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, on stage during the BET Awards last Saturday. Foxx described Glover as “a singer, a songwriter and overall badass.”
The track, however, has come under scrutiny after claims of plagiarism began to surface online. The speculation was first spotted on the ‘r/hiphopheads’ subreddit, where similarities between This Is America and Jase Harley’s American Pharaoh were brought to light.
American Pharaoh was released in 2016 as part of Harley’s Free Pxrn: The Memoir Of An American Heathen album. While Glover has yet to respond to the plagiarism claims, his manager, Fam Udeorji, denied any similarities in a now-deleted tweet that read, “The internet is a place of no consequences. I hate that every Toronto Akademiks/white blogger can say something as gospel and y’all take it. This song is 3 years old, and we have Pro Tools files to prove it. But fuck you and your moms, and your future fetuses. Stay blessed.”
You can listen to the similarities inside the video below.
[Potentially Misleading] Donald Glover allegedly stole “This Is America” from another artist from r/hiphopheads
— bubba (@NforNAVAJO) June 25, 2018
[via AV News, opening image via Donald Glover]