Rapper Childish Gambino (a.k.a. the multi-talented Donald Glover) first whipped up controversy with his highly charged single and accompanying video, This Is America, back in May. Now the writer, producer, singer/songwriter and soon-to-be live action Lion King actor is catching some heat for the apparent similarities between his track and rapper Jase Harley's 2016 song American Pharaoh.
Apparently, Ahmed (a.k.a. Big Business) with a reputation for being "one of Twitter’s most seasoned trolls and music pundits," took those similarities to a new place echoing comparisons made on a Reddit thread and raising allegations of theft by Gambino:
Twitter users were only to happy to debate it:
Here are the Gambino video and the Harley track; compare for yourself:
Some fans were quick to point out the limitations of music in general:
For his part, Harley, whose American Pharaoh is at the center of this debate, seems unfazed, even calling Glover "a great artist."
And Harley gained exposure for his track, picking up a few new fans along the way:
Gambino’s creative partner Fam Rothstein (who also co-produced the video for This is America) asserts in a piece by Pitchfork that there is no truth to the allegations because Glover's song was under wraps for three years—pre-dating Harley's track:
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.
If what Rothstein asserts is true, then it looks like this is just another case of great minds thinking alike.
H/T: Twitter, Pitchfork, YouTube, Reddit
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