A Reddit thread popped up on Sunday, June 24, suggesting striking similarities between Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and a 2016 track by New Jersey rapper Jase Harley called “American Pharaoh.” Fam Rothstein, a producer of “This Is America” denied the resemblance in a tweet that has since been deleted.

Redditors have been wondering if Childish Gambino’s hit song, This Is America, has borrowed a little too generously, Jase Harley’s song, titled ‘American Pharaoh’, which was released in 2016.

The original This is America spoke about the injustice that has been going on in the country. There were a lot of hidden messages, which fans were quick to point out, and the song was widely praised by many for speaking out about these issues in such a creative and powerful way. However, the song has now been criticised for sounding very similar to another rapper’s song, which was released two years ago.


Rapper, Jase Harley, released a song titled ‘American Pharaoh’ on popular streaming site, Soundcloud, in 2016. Harley raps about how he is young and black in America, and how the country is trying to attack and embarrass black people. He then goes on to talk about his own personal experience in America, and also about division that is caused by violence throughout the country. The whole song sounds similar to Gambino’s This Is America, in beat and lyrics. Although Jase said that he is happy that Gambino perhaps took inspiration from this song, it would’ve been cool if he Childish Gambino shouted out the rapper for the inspiration.


Jase’s comments said in full: 

“I always felt my song inspired it lol from the first time I heard it. it’s cool tho.. glad they liked my song. It’s all love…a shout out would be cool ??‍♂️ all good tho.. he’s a great artist, dope I could’ve had some influence on the record. all artists get inspired by others. artists being thirsty for bread is why ppl don’t wanna credit anyone for inspiration. It’s all love and support from me, glad if my record influenced his.”

Gambino’s manager, Fam Rothstein, Tweeted out a now deleted Tweet expressing anger the rumors, and also insulting our future fetuses. Screengrab courtesy of AV Club:

People across Twitter were quick to point out the similarities, and how awkward it is that the two tracks are so similar.



However, some people were quick to back up Childish Gambino, and defended the rapper by mentioning how they’re both great songs, and how sometimes it can be very easy to copy another beat without even realising.

However, it’s not all bad news for Jase Harley, as he has gained some new fans from all of this drama and has finally been recognised for his talent.

The final word however should belong to Jase, who emphasized that the importance of the message should overshadow anything, and that both songs are ultimately a collective good, saying:

“PLEASE DON’T let this controversy dilute the message me and Childish Gambino 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.”

Jase Harley is cool.

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