Roommates, when it comes to music, there are so many ways you can draw inspiration while you’re trying to create a fire song. Many of our favorite artists sample songs, but there is a fine line when it comes to sampling and stealing. We’ve heard about artists being accused of stealing songs, melodies and not getting the proper clearance for samples in the past, however, it looks like Childish Gambino is being sued and accused of allegedly stealing his 2018 GRAMMY award-winning record ‘This Is America’ from another rapper.
According to TMZ Kidd Wes, who was born Emelike Nwosuocha filed a lawsuit against Childish Gambino, claiming he ripped off his song, ‘Made in America.’ Kidd dropped his song on SoundCloud in September 2016 and a few months later uploaded the song on YouTube. He then took the necessary steps to register the song with the U.S Copyright Office the following year in May 2017, as he prepared for it to be the lead single on his upcoming album.
Legal documents state that Kidd is claiming that the hook of ‘This Is America’ is “unmistakably substantially similar, if not practically identical” to his song ‘Made in America.’ In addition, he also claims that Childish Gambino’s “flow” is similar to his and points to key lyrics in the songs. The lyrics in Kidd’s song ‘Made in America’ state, ”Flex on the radio, Made me a terrorist, Pessimistic n***as, You should just cherish this.” Compared to Childish Gambino’s song lyrics, “This is America Guns in my area, I got the strap, I gotta carry ’em.”
Kidd isn’t just coming for Childish Gambino. He is also suing Roc Nation and Young Thug, whose background vocals are on the song.
Roomies, we will keep you updated on what happens next.