"7 Rings": All the artistes who have accused Ariana Grande of ripping them off on her latest single
Ariana Grande had a kick-ass 2018: her short-lived romance with whats-his-name from SNL was plastered over every front page, and then her viral breakup single "thank u, next" captured the zeitgeist like a mosquito net at Pulau Tekong (we feel you NSmen). Some might say she's off to a rocky start in 2019 though. Her latest single, "7 Rings" that dropped along with a bubblegum-pink tinged MV on 17 January was first well-received for its dope head-bopping beats and shameless lyrical spin on being a money-loaded millennial ("Whoever said money can't solve your problems/Must not have enough money to solve 'em"). While it's good to know that there's at least one millennial out there thriving without an insurmountable student loan debt or crippling anxiety, her peers in the music industry have been a little less kind and have jumped on the scene with allegations that Grande has blatantly referenced and sampled their distinct aesthetic and tracks. Check out the deets below and come to your own conclusions.
Who: Rapper Soulja Boy's claim to fame was his 2009 single "Crank That", which became a viral phenomenon because of its infectious urban dance moves.
What: Twitter users and even American morning news channel, have been quick to point out the similarities between the stop-start staggered flow of Grande's "7 Rings" and Soulja Boy's catchy 2010 "Pretty Boy Swag". Soulja Boy called out Grande in an IG post that compared both tracks but has since deleted the post.
Last word: Both beats are not only equally annoying and arrogant but lyrically, they stink of the same entitlement. #richpeopleproblems
Who: Versace-wearing rapper 2 Chainz is best known for his hard-hitting collaborative tracks with hip-hop's biggest stars including Kanye West ("Mercy"), Nicki Minaj ("Beez In The Trap"), A$AP Rocky ("F**kin' Problems") and Jason Derulo ("Talk Dirty").
What: Grande's "7 Rings" MV begins with her squad lounging in front of a pink rickety house that bears a striking resemblance to 2 Chainz's pink trap house, which he conceived as part of his promotional campaign for his 2017 "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music" album. The pink trap house was an architectural icon in Atlanta, hosting everything from MVs to art parties and even a free HIV testing clinic.
Last word: Both houses feature the exact same shade of obnoxious pink with a similar sedan parked out on the front porch. The similarities end there though; Grande's pad might look like a crack den on the outside but it's certainly slick like her lipgloss on the inside. We can't say the same for 2 Chainz's hot mess.
Who: Hailing from the gritty Spanish Harlem underground scene in New York City, Princess Nokia is a genre-defying Afro-Latina who has rocked festival audiences around the world with her minority-centred tracks, "Burjas" and "Kitana".
What: Princess Nokia's "Mine" — which centred around the potent relationship between black and brown women, and their hair — has a similar chorus to Grande's "7 Rings": "It's mine, I bought it" versus "I want it, I got it".
Last word: Allegations for appropriating a black and Hispanic-focussed song have been thrown around because contrary to popular belief, Grande is Italian-American. However, in this case, it's a no-beuno for us. Both girls can buy their own shit, sing about it and that should be alright with all of us.