Childish Gambino has been sued for alleged copyright infringement in connection with his Grammy Award-winning song This Is America.
Kidd Wes’ Emelike Nwosuocha claims that the 2018 chart smash is strikingly similar to his own song, Made in America, which he released on the music site SoundCloud in September 2016 and on YouTube shortly after.
He also recorded the song with the United States Copyright Office in May 2017 and was surprised to learn how similar Gambino’s This Is America was to his own, claiming the chorus is “unmistakably significantly similar, if not practically identical.”
The similarity in lyrical content and delivery, according to Nwosuocha, was “audible to the average layperson.”
The plaintiff says Gambino’s rapping style, as well as the refrain of This Is America, is a rip-off of his own, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.
According to court records, the rapper also hired a musicologist to compare the two songs, who concluded that “these parallels are most definitely not coincidences.”
He’s suing Gambino, aka Donald Glover, and his song co-writers Ludwig Goransson and Jeffery Lamar Williams, aka Young Thug, for a large sum of money. Officials from the labels that published the song, including JAY-Roc Z’s Nation executives, are also listed as defendants in the lawsuit.
Gambino’s and his associates’ representatives have yet to respond to the complaint.