Childish Gambino's popular song This Is America faces plagiarism accusations; manager denies claims

FP Staff

Jun 26, 2018 16:51:49 IST

Atlanta actor Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino's raw take on racism, gun violence and consumer society in his music video "This Is America" was appreciated and analysed by one and all, amassing over 300 million views since it came out last month. However, over the weekend, many have been questioning its originality.

A Twitter user, and later a Reddit user, remarked how Gambino's song sounded awfully similar to a song by Jase Harley called "American Pharaoh" from his 2016 album Free Pxrn: The Memoir of an American Heathen.

The similarities between the two tracks are not just restricted to the subject matter but also the instrumentation and vocal delivery.

Gambino’s manager, Fam Udeorji, took to Twitter to deny the plagiarism claims. In a tweet, which has since been deleted, Udeorji said: "The Internet is a place of no consequences. I hate that Toronto Akademiks/every white blogger can say something gospel and y'all take it. This song is 3 yrs old, and we have the pro tool files to prove it."

Meanwhile, Harley took to Instagram to respond to the backlash and thanked fans for the support but advised them to not "let this controversy dilute the message me and Childish Gambino are trying to convey."

He also said that he had no interest in taking legal action against Gambino.

On Sunday night, BET Awards host Jamie Foxx brought Gambino on stage during the show. Foxx said that everyone begged him to write a joke about the single, but he said that song was not to be joked about, saying the song "stopped me in my tracks." He eventually got Gambino to come up on stage and sing a few lines with him.

Updated Date: Jun 26, 2018 16:58:57 IST