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Childish Gambino collaborator rapper denies plagiarism ‘This Is America’ from another artist

Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover was accused of plagiarizing his hit song “This Is America” from a different artist.

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An employee who works with Childish Gambino, said the rapper is not plagiarism his hit “This Is America” from a different artist.

WARNING: THE VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE

WARNING: THE VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE

Childish Gambino, also known as actor Donald Glover, was accused of ripping off his hit of the New York based rapper Jesse Harley’s 2016 track “American Pharaoh.” A thread on Reddit in comparison with the two numbers, indicating the “instrumental is quite similar and the subject, inflection, and flow is eerily similar.”

However, Fam Rothstein, Wolf + Rothstein, a creative agency that helped co-produce Glover’s “This Is America” music video, said that the allegations were incorrect and the number has been in production for three years.

Jamie Foxx talk about This is America and we found out Donald Glover stole the song today qjajaldmaksmaksm

โ€” Ahmed/Toronto Akademiks/Each White Blogger (@big_business_) June 25, 2018

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“The internet is a place without consequences. I hate that Toronto Akademiks/each white blogger [music expert on social media] can say something as gospel and y’all. This song is 3 years old, and we have the Pro Tools files to prove it,” he tweeted.

Harley addressed the accusations on Instagram, says he felt his song “inspired” Glover’s hit-track.

I feel very humbled to be recognised and referred to as the one or the original inspiration for one of the most important pieces of music and the visual arts of our time. I appreciate all the love and support! But PLEASE do NOT let this controversy to dilute the message, me and @childishgambino trying to convey. We speak about the injustices that we have encountered and he helped to provide a platform for all our voices to be heard. Let’s not discredit him for that! The focus should be on influencing change in our communities and the building of equality. This is bigger than me and him and bigger than the music. Let’s not lose sight of ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ #noonewinswhenthefamilyfeuds #futurists

A post shared by JESSE HARLEY (@jaseharley) on Jun 25, 2018 at 8:41 PDT

“It is fun tho…. Glad that they liked my song. It’s all love,” Harley wrote.

The rapper said that he wished he would have gotten a “shout out”, but was happy that he had “a certain influence on the record.”

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Harley continued to address the allegations on Instagram, adding that he was “humbled to be recognized.”

“I feel very humbled to be recognised and referred to as the one or the original inspiration for one of the most important pieces of visual art and music of our time,” he wrote. “We are to speak about the injustices that we have encountered and he helped to provide a platform for all our voices to be heard. Let’s not discredit him!”

Glover has not directly responded to the plagiarism claims.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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