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Childish Gambino Accused of Stealing ‘This is America’ From New Jersey Rapper

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Did Donald Glover, aka, Childish Gambino steal his hit “This is America” from another artist? 

A lot of people on the Internet believe so, after his song was compared to the rapper Jase Harley’s cut “American Pharoah.”

“The songs are almost identical,” one person wrote on Harley’s Instagram page. “You need to sue and collect your share.”

“Bro, you don’t need to be humble about this,” wrote another. “That song was straight jacked from you. You need to collect.”

If you listen to the songs side by side, you might notice some of the similarities people are speaking of, like the rolling percussion sounds both have and the African styled singing. Plus, Harley says the word “America” throughout his tune, almost in the same cadence as Glover’s hit, and they both do it over dark, heavy bass.

The subject matter of both cuts are also similar.

“I’m young and I’m Black in America / They try to attack and embarrass us / Y’all don’t want ya’ll daughters to marry us … Police killed my best friend, they shoot him dead / I do not forgive, I do not forget / My life is a cliff and I’m by the ledge / And in less that a moment a lot is said,” raps Harley in “American Pharaoh.”

After the plagiarism talk grew louder, Gambino’s manager Fam Udeorji spoke out and he didn’t only deny that his client stole the cut, he blasted people for even believing so.

“The Internet is a place of no consequences,” he wrote. “I hate that Toronto Akademiks, every white blogger can say something as gospel and y’all take it. This song is three years old, and we have Pro Tools files to prove it. But f–k you and your moms and your future fetuses. Stay blessed.”

Eventually, Harley responded to the chatter and said although he’s always felt  “American Pharaoh” inspired “This is America,” he has no hard feelings.

Plus, Harley said he understands why Gambino didn’t acknowledge him or his song, because so many artists would’ve wanted money.

“All artist get inspired by others,” he wrote. “Artists being thirsty for bread is why people don’t want to credit anyone for inspiration. It’s all love and support from me.”

“A shout out would be cool,” he added. “All good, though. He’s a great artist. Dope I could’ve had some influence on the record.”

You can see another response from Harley below, as well as other folks who’ve weighed in. 

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