“This is America” music video
Screenshot: Childish Gambino (YouTube)

After Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” made Grammy history, scoring both Song of the Year and Record of the Year statuettes, it marked a triumphant shift for many hip-hop fans.

However, rapper Jase Harley isn’t exactly feeling that embrace. The man behind “American Pharaoh” recently chatted with TMZ about Gambino’s “prestigious award” win, which he isn’t digging, given the similarity to his 2016 song.

“I feel like it’s a loss for the culture,” the artist remarked.

When news of the eerily similar track first surfaced, Harley assured the public he felt “extremely humbled” to serve as the popular song’s inspiration and urged fans not to “dilute the message” within his or Gambino’s songs.

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“This is bigger than me and him and bigger than music,” Harley noted on his Instagram in June 2018. “Let’s not lose focus.”