(AllHipHop News) Childish Gambino was hit with accusations that his song "This Is America" was a ripoff of Jase Harley's "American Pharaoh." The Grammy winner has yet to respond to the rumors, but the alleged theft victim did address the situation on Instagram.
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
"American Pharaoh" appears on Harley's 2016 album Free Pxrn: The Memoir of an American Heathen. "This Is America" premiered in May. However, Gambino's manager, Fam Rothstein, denied the plagiarism charges.
"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," stated Rothstein in a now-deleted tweet. "This song is 3 [years] old and we have Pro Tools files to prove it. But f-ck you, your moms, and your future fetuses. Stay blessed."