Is Childish Gambinoâ€™s â€˜This Is Americaâ€™ a rip-off?
SorryÂ â€” Iâ€™m having a hard time writing this off as plagiarism.Â The tracks just donâ€™t sound similar enough.Â Â But the runaway train that is the internet is talking these accusations to the extreme.
Accordingly, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is battling accusations of copying someone elseâ€™s work.Â Plunge into the appropriate Reddit, Twitter, or Instagram thread, and youâ€™ll hear people screaming that â€˜This Is Americaâ€™ wasnâ€™t Gambinoâ€™s work.Â Â Instead, the inspiration apparently came from a relatively unknown rapper named Jase Harley.
Hereâ€™s the side-by-side.
First, hereâ€™s Harleyâ€™s allegedly-lifted track, which is called â€˜American Pharoahâ€™.
Jase Harley also seems to believe that his work was stolen.
Though he refrained from directly accusing Gambino of theft, Harley tacitly accepted the charges.Â Hereâ€™s what he stated on Instagram:
â€œI 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.Â I appreciate all the love and support! But PLEASE DONâ€™T let this controversy dilute the message me andÂ @childishgambinoÂ are trying to convey. We are speaking about injustices weâ€™ve encountered and heâ€™s helped to provide a platform for all our voices to be heard. Letâ€™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. Letâ€™s not lose focusÂ â€
Source: Digital Music News