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Childish Gambino’s manager denies the singer stole This Is America from another rapper


RCA RecordsChildish Gambino’s manager is denying reports that his client plagiarized the number one platinum hit, “This Is America.”

Following a tweet from blogger Akademiks claiming the song was stolen, manager Fam Rothsteinresponded on Twitter.

“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,” Rothstein wrote.

He added, “This song is 3 yrs old, and we have pro tools files to prove it. but f**k you and your moms, and your future fetuses. stay blessed.”

The tweet was captured by before it was deleted.

After Gambino appeared on the BET Awards Sunday night with Jamie Foxx and gave an impromptu performance of “This Is America,” Akademiks wrote, “Jamie Foxx talking about This Is America and we found out Donald Glover stole the song today.” Gambino is Glover’s musical alter ego.

Following Akademiks’ comment, several other people tweeted that “This is America” borrowed from a song called “American Pharoah” by New York rapper Jase Harley.   

Harley wrote on Instagram that he does not want the controversy take attention away from “This Is America’s” message about racism.

“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,” he wrote. “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,” Harley continued. “Let’s not discredit him for that!” 

“The focus should be on affecting change in our communities and building equality,” Harley added. “This is bigger than me and him and bigger than music. Let’s not lose focus.”

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