Childish Gambino’s manager has responded to the plagiarism claims made against him, regarding his hit song This Is America.
The musician, who’s real name is Donald Glover, released This Is America last month – and it was an instant hit with music fans.
However, some Twitter users have since pointed out similarities between This is America and a 2016 track called American Pharoah by New York MC Jase Harley.
But, Donald’s manager Fam Rothstein has since rubbished these claims by tweeting, “This song is 3 yrs old, and we have Pro Tools (sound) files to prove it.”
The music video for This Is America went viral back in May, and it has since racked up over 301 million views on YouTube.
While Donald hasn’t responded to the drama, Jase Harley took to Instagram to say, “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,” he added.