Four nominations, three wins and just like America it’s self, embedded in controversy Donald Glover who performs under the musical moniker Childish Gambino took home the most moon men for a single video at last nights MTV Video Awards…
From the controversial connotations and imagery to the conflicting views of the actual and presumed interpretations of the lyrical bars, it seems that Childish Gambino and his award-winning video have opened up not only a conversational tempest of heated debates on the ever-growing topic of guns and violence in America but also a debate on whether or not imitation is, in fact, the most sincere form of flattery. It seems the controversy began when hip-hop blogger Akedemiks tweeted after Gambino’s BET Awards impromptu performance, that there were several similarities between the songs American Pharoah, released in 2016 by Jase Harley and This is America, released in May 2018 and quickly rising to the top 10 in the UK, Number 1 in the US and has been watched 300 million plus times on Youtube. Evidently, fans have been arguing online about whether its too similar to the track released by the talented New Jersey rapper, Jase Harley and he seems to agree. Jase Harley posted on Instagram saying he too thinks his track was at least Childish Gambino’s Inspiration.
Harley definitely thinks he is the inspiration.
“I feel extremely humbled to be recognized and labeled as one of, or the original inspiration, for one of the most important pieces of music and visual art of our time,”-Jase Harley
He also wanted to make sure his fans didn’t get so caught up in the debate that they lost the message in the music.
“I appreciate all the love and support! But please don’t let this controversy dilute the message me and Childish Gambino are trying to convey.”
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