Childish Gambino has been accused of stealing his record, “This Is America” from an artist named, Jase Harley. According to The Jasmine Brand,
Harley released a song called, “American Pharaoh” from his project Free Pxrn: The Memoir of an American Heathen. Gambino has been accused of ripping off the beat, as well as elements of Harley’s flow. While Gambino hasn’t spoken on the accusations, his manager addressed the records’ similarities on Twitter and said,
“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. This song is 3 yrs old, and we have pro tools files to prove it. but f*ck you and your moms, and your future fetuses. Stay blessed.”
Meanwhile, according to TMZ, Harley says he is giving Gambino a pass and that he is “extremely humbled” to have possibly inspired Gambino’s song. He also said that the controversy should not “dilute the message me and @childishgambino are trying to convey … about injustices we’ve encountered.” He added that the focus should be on “affecting change in our communities and building equality.”
Take a listen. Is it the same song?