Over the weekend, allegations of plagiarism begin to surface in regards to Donald Glover’s hit record “This is America.” A Reddit user claimed Glover “stole the song” from New York rapper Jase Harley who released a track called “American Pharaoh” back in 2016.
Now, Fam Rothstein, who is the co-principal of Wolf + Rothstein (a creative agency comprised of himself, Donald Glover, and Wolf Taylor), has addressed the accusations on Twitter.
“The 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. This song is 3 yrs old, and we have Pro Tools files to prove it,” Rothstein wrote.
the 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. this song is 3 yrs old, and we have pro tools files to prove it. but fuck you and your moms, and your future fetuses. stay blessed. https://t.co/z7AyyWgrOz
— Fam Rothstein (@famlikefamily) June 25, 2018
In response to a comment left on his Instagram page about the alleged ripping, Harley said: “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.” He also wrote that “a shout out would be cool,” that it’s “dope [he] could’ve had some influence on the record,” and that “all artist get inspired by others.”
See Harley’s comments below, as well as the song Gambino is accused of jacking.