And a “side-by-side” listen of the two:

The similarities are hard to deny. Not only are they working with the same concepts and themes (to be fair, rapping about the struggle of being a black man in America isn’t exactly novel in hip-hop), but the keys the songs are in are similar, as are the rappers’ cadences. And both songs rely on a dramatic shift from the rap verses to a gospel/spiritual-influenced break.


It may not be a direct ripoff, but the songs sure do sound like they know each other—like “they used to play ball at the same park” or “had homeroom together” kind of know each other.

For what it’s worth, Harley believes his song “inspired” Glover, and said he is flattered by the idea.


As Pitchfork notes, when an Instagram user asked Harley for his thoughts on the songs’ similarities, Harley wrote back, “I always felt my song inspired it lol from the first time I heard it.”

And then said, “It’s cool tho.... Glad they liked my song. It’s all love.”

Harley added that “a shout out would be cool” and “all artist get inspired by others.”


The rapper later expanded on his thoughts in his own IG post:


“I feel extremely humbled to be recognized and labeled as one or [sic] the original inspirations for one of the most important pieces of music and visual art in our time,” wrote Harley, adding a plea that the controversy “[not] dilute the message me and @childishgambino are trying to convey.”

“This is bigger than me and him and bigger than music,” he added. “Let’s not lose focus.”