Childish Gambino sued by Kidd Wes over ‘This Is America’

A rapper named Kidd Wes is suing Childish Gambino for thousands and thousands over the 2018 hit “This Is America.” But Wes solely tells Page Six “it’s not about the money.”

Wes claims in court docket paperwork filed this week that he created a tune known as “Made in America” in 2016, and that Gambino then infringed on his copyright with the “glaringly similar” “This Is America.”

Wes’ actual identify is Emelike Nwosuocha, whereas Gambino is the rap moniker of “Community” and “Atlanta” TV star Donald Glover.

The papers filed in New York federal court docket this week allege that the songs have a “substantially similar unique ‘flow,’” in addition to “the lyrical theme, content, and structure of the identically-performed choruses.” Lawyers for Wes declare the similarity is “striking to an extent beyond coincidence.”

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The papers quote a University of Miami musicologist, Dr. Brent Swanson, who writes in a report hooked up as proof within the go well with that: “There are distinct similarities in melodic contour, rhythmic triplet flow in each performance, and the lines ‘Made in America’ and ‘This is America’ line up nearly perfectly in time despite being different tempos. They also both use rhythmic utterances in their performances.”

Swanson used “in-depth forensic sonic analysis,” the papers declare, to reach at his conclusions.

The court docket docs additionally allege that listeners have commented on the similarities on the platform Soundcloud, with (maybe much less tutorial) feedback akin to, “Gambino ripped this s–t off you G.”

Kidd Wes in his video for "Made in America."
Kidd Wes in his video for “Made in America.”

Wes’ authorized staff claims copyright infringement, and is in search of a everlasting injunction, plus damages and misplaced income from Gambino’s tune. The go well with additionally names Gambino’s co-writers, report label, and publishing unit.

Wes solely informed Page Six in a press release: “It’s not about the money… it’s about the respect of the independent artist. I’ve had so many friends in the industry that were afraid to come up and say something, that they worked hours in the studio for, because a name was bigger than them. I just want this to be the end of an old era and the opening of a new one.”

He added, “Creativity is what makes this industry what it is … that’s what this is solely about, respecting the art of one another.”

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Reps for Gambino, 37, and his label didn’t instantly get again to us.

Attorneys for Wes — Imran H. Ansari of Aidala Bertuna & Kamins, and La’Shawn N. Thomas of Miami Entertainment Law Group — commented, “The similarities between the two pieces of music are beyond coincidental, and amounts to infringement, as alleged in the complaint filed by our client … Mr. Nwosuocha is confident in his claims, and simply seeks the credit and compensation he deserves for the unauthorized use of his music.”

Ansari’s shoppers additionally embrace 50 Cent.

In 2018, rumors burbled on social media that “This Is America” copied Jase Harley’s 2016 track “American Pharaoh.” Harley posted on Instagram, “It’s cool tho … Glad they liked my song. It’s all love.”

However, considered one of Gambino’s collaborators tweeted that the allegations had been false, and that “we have Pro Tools files to prove it.”

“This Is America” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it was launched, and went on to win 4 Grammys — together with report and music of the yr — in 2019.

Glover is subsequent starring with Phoebe Waller-Bridge in an upcoming remake of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” the 2005 film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, for Amazon. He additionally performed Lando Calrissian in 2018’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

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