Childish Gambino Accused Of Stealing 'This Is America'

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Childish Gambino Accused Of Stealing 'This Is America'

Childish Gambino, Young Thug and Roc Nation are reportedly being sued after rapper accuses them of stealing 'This Is America.'

TMZ, Kidd Wes says Childish Gambino ripped off his song Made In America for his 2018 hit This Is America, calling it practically identical. Kidd Wes says he released his song via SoundCloud in September 2016 and uploaded it to YouTube a couple of months later. He then claims to have registered Made In America with the U.S. Copyright Office in May 2017 as the lead single from his forthcoming album. Meanwhile, Childish Gambino dropped This Is Americain May 2018 and the song went on to win multiple Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video categories. In the court documents, Kidd Wes argues Childish Gambinos flow is eerily similar to his, citing his lyrics: Made in America/Flex on the radio/Made me a terrorist/Pessimistic n-ggas?/You should just cherish this and comparing them to Gambinos: This is America/Guns in my area/I got the strap/I gotta carry em. Kidd Wes also insists there are scientific similarities in both tracks and believes Childish Gambino intentionally ripped him off. Consequently, hes seeking major damages from Gambino, the co-writers of This is America, Roc Nation and Young Thug who sings backup vocals on the track. This Is America boasts background vocals from Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd, BlocBoy JB, Quavo of Migos and 21 Savage as well, but they dont appear to be named in the lawsuit.

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