This week, Ariana Grande dropped a new single titled 7 Rings. The song is very different from Ariana’s signature pop/r&b style. The song and video for 7 Rings draws from Trap musical styles and Ariana makes her rap debut. On the chorus she raps, “I want it, I got it. You like my hair? Gee, thanks! Just bought it.” On first listen, 7 Rings sounds like Ariana was taking notes from Beyonce on Apesh*t. But other artists such as Princess Nokia and Soulja Boy are calling foul.
Princess Nokia took to social media to point out the similarities between her song, Mine, and Ariana’s 7 Rings. Princess Nokia posted a video of herself as she plays both tracks and sarcastically asks, “Does that sound familiar to you? It sounds really familiar to me.” The chorus on both tracks are nearly identical. To add fuel to the fire, Princess Nokia insinuates that Ariana Grande is using cultural appropriation to get ahead. She asks, “Isn’t that the little song I wrote about Brown women and their hair? Hmm. Sounds about white (right).”
Others feel that Ariana may have stolen from an old 2 Chainz song, Spend It. Once again, the lyrics and melody for the song are eerily similar.
Even Soulja Boy aka Big Drako felt like he had been ripped off. Ariana, Princess Nokia, and 2 Chainz might have all been inspired by Soulja Boy’s flow on the 2010 single Pretty Boy Swag. Soulja Boy took to twitter and called Ariana a ‘thief’. He also tweeted, “Stop stealing my swag. Give me my credit. Period”.
Ariana Grande addressed the claims of cultural appropriation in the The Shade Room’s comment section. She wrote, “Thanks for opening the conversation and like… to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”
Despite the controversy, 7 Rings has become Spotify’s most streamed song in the first 24 hours with over 14 million streams.