(AllHipHop News) After years of criticism aimed at the Recording Academy for its lack of genre diversity in the "general field" categories, Childish Gambino's "This Is America" became the first Hip Hop tune to win "Song Of The Year" and "Record Of The Year." However, everyone is not celebrating the accomplishment.
TMZ spoke with rap artist Jase Harley about the Atlanta-raised rhymer born Donald Glover picking up Grammys for his 2018 chart-topping single. Gambino was accused of stealing the concept of "This Is America" from Harley.
"I feel like it's a loss for the culture. What is it saying if that the Academy is recognizing something that is not original?" Harley told the cameraman. "Its' not even acknowledging where it came from...That song came from in here [points to his chest]. And to hear it watered down, cool."
He added, "My analogy is almost like the house slave heard the chants from the field. Then he took that song with him and sung it back to the house. Instead of trying to liberate the people in the field, he got a bigger room in the house."
Harley went on to say Glover should have been present at the televised Grammy ceremony in order to recognize the "American Pharaoh" writer from the stage. He also congratulated Childish Gambino for being a successful black man in America.
Last year, Harley was reportedly more accepting of the possible similarities between "This Is America" and "American Pharaoh." He was quoted saying "[Gambino's] a great artist, dope I could've had some influence on the record" and "it's cool tho... glad they liked my song. It's all love."