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Childish Gambino, an American rapper, is being investigated for allegedly stealing the song “This is America” by another rapper.
According to TMZ, one Emelike Nwosuocha, who goes by the stage name Kidd Wes, said that Gambino’s ubiquitous hit is a ripoff of his own single “Made in America,” which was first posted on SoundCloud in late 2016 and on YouTube a few months later, where people could listen to it for free.
The artist also said that he recorded the song with the United States Copyright Office in May 2017, and that it was supposed to be the lead track on his forthcoming album.
Wes, according to court documents alleges the hook of Gambino’s song is “unmistakably substantially similar, if not practically identical” to his song.
The musician and actor, real name Donald Glover released the track in 2018. It went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 and earned four Grammys, including for Record and Song of the Year and Best Music Video.
Gambino’s co-manager Fam Udeorji previously addressed other attempted ripoff claims back in 2018 by providing a brief timeline of how “This Is America” came into fruition. Fam had claimed the origin of “This Is America,” actually dates back to 2015. He also said Gambino’s team has the Pro Tools files to prove it.