Childish Gambino Accused Of Not Paying "Awaken, My Love!" Cover's Team

BYGabriel Bras Nevares9.5K Views
Link Copied to Clipboard!
"Swarm" Red Carpet Premiere And Screening In Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 14: Donald Glover attends the "Swarm" Red Carpet Premiere and Screening in Los Angeles at Lighthouse Artspace LA on March 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Prime Video)

Giannina Antonette Oteto has for years accused the multi-hyphenate artist of refusing legal contact for supposedly due payments.

Giannina Antonette Oteto may be an unknown name to you, but you have definitely seen her before. Moreover, she graces the cover art of Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover's, "Awaken, My Love!" album cover from back in 2016. Creative director Ibra Ake took the picture of Oteto wearing a beaded headdress by WXYZ Jewelry designer Laura Wass. However, for years, Oteto has accused the multi-disciplinary artist and his team of avoiding legal contact to actually receive payment for her contribution to the project, and that she's not alone in this fight. Recently, she took to Facebook to update followers on the matter and comment on the bittersweet emotions she holds for this work.

"Being able to hold an album that I'm on the cover of," Giannina Oteto captioned a (seemingly since-deleted) picture of her holding a vinyl pressing of Childish Gambino's album. "And having my bestie mom next to me to celebrate! My number 1 cheerleader! This album has been so hard for me to celebrate for many reasons, and for years I resented it even. It put me through a lot but finally being able to celebrate it means a lot! Update: I resented it because myself, the makeup artist, and stylist (all black women) were [taken] advantage of and lied to.

Read More: Childish Gambino Believes Rap Isn't Growing Like It Used To

Childish Gambino Accused Of Mistreating Artists Who Worked On Album Cover

"We received low pay. [They] promised residuals. But [we] never received anything," she continued. "The only person who received residuals was a white woman who created the headpiece even though she was not on set to work on this (but she also deserves it). After years of lies and silence then finding out statute of limitation complications... it's been an exhausting, emotional, and overall sad thing to deal with. So it took so much from me especially the fact that we all worked on it with so much love and being proud to represent black artists. All of my lawyers' communications have been ignored by [Childish Gambino] and his team. #bittersweet."

Furthermore, the model also reposted various drawings she received since "Awaken, My Love!"'s release. As such, she clearly appreciates her contributions and opportunities, but rightfully thinks that she and many others deserve more. We'll see if the actor eventually responds to all this. For more news and the latest updates on Childish Gambino, check back in with HNHH.

Read More: Childish Gambino Won’t Be Retiring Any Time Soon

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.