Fans and critics online are questioning whether the pop singer plagiarized or paid homage to the three rappers.
Ariana Grande just released a new song, “7 Rings,” and the internet is debating whether the pop singer plagiarized or paid homage to 2 Chainz, Princess Nokia, or Soulja Boy.
Princess Nokia posted a video on Twitter and Instagram suggesting Ariana Grande copied her flow and lyrics on the pop singer’s new track “7 Rings.”
In the video, the New York rapper says, “Sounds familiar to me,” referencing her 2017 song “Mine.” “Ain’t that the little song I made about brown women and their hair? Sounds about white.”
On “7 Rings” Ariana raps, “You like my hair? Gee, thanks. Just bought it.”
On “Mine” Princess Nokia raps about black and brown hairstyles, saying “It’s mine, I bought it. ”
Some say Grande’s track also sounds similar to 2 Chainz‘s 2011 song, “Spend It,” in which he raps, “I’m riding ’round and I’m gettin’ it / It’s mine, I spend it.”
On “7 Rings,” Ariana raps, “I want it, I got it… I see it, I like it.”
At one point in Grande’s video, the camera zooms in on a pink wall with black graffiti painted “7 Rings,” similar to the design of Atlanta’s Pink Trap House, which 2 Chainz launched a campaign to preserve.
Twitter users reacted with their own takes.
Everyone fighting over the flow in "7 Rings" but I hear "Spend It." They're in the pink house! Tell me that's not a tribute to Chainz.
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) January 18, 2019
thank you to the new ariana grande song for reminding me to listen to 2 chainz
— speedy ortiz haunted presence? (@sad13) January 18, 2019
Some suggested Grande lifted Soulja Boy’s 2010 “Pretty Boy Swag.”
— Pusha Bi. (@BiancaEnRogue) January 18, 2019
Check out the “7 Rings” music video and the comparisons above to judge for yourself.
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