Rapper Princess Nokia Claims Ariana Grande Ripped Off Her Lyrics With '7 Rings' Single
It appears Grande actually bit from three Black artists for the song and music video.
January 22, 2019 at 4:11 pm
Following the debut of pop star Ariana Grande’s new song, "7 Rings," many are speculating where the pop singer took her inspiration. The song and music video have an eerie cultural appropriative nature about them.
The three-minute song is a spin on the Rogers and Hammerstein classic “My Favorite Things" in which the 25-year-old brags about riches and celebrates friendship with six of her b***hes. It also features the singer rapping on the hook with a somewhat noticeable flow. Rapper Princess Nokia was quick to point out whose flow the pop singer's is reminiscent of -- hers.
In an Instagram post, Nokia plays both her song “Mine,” an anthem praising Black and brown women’s hair, and Grande’s “7 Rings.”
“Does that sound familiar to you? ‘Cause that sound really familiar to me,” she said. “Ain’t that the lil song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm... sounds about white.”
The fast-paced flows are indeed similar. More importantly, the song does include a line referencing weave and wigs, as does Nokia's.
“You like my hair? Gee thanks! Just bought it," Grande raps.
Following the "Tomboy" rapper's assertion, social media went into a frenzy.
Many chastised Grande for stealing from women of color. Others claimed both Nokia and the songstress got their flow from Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag.” Some also compared the chorus to the 2 Chainz (then Tity Boi) song “Spend It.” Folks also called out Princess Nokia for allegedly stealing from singer Kali Uchis.
so ariana ripped off princess nokia and princess nokia ripped off kali uchis but both ariana and princess nokia ripped off soulja boy ? pic.twitter.com/cCoJHR8P6P— mackdonald’s sprite (@mackenxcheese) January 18, 2019
Ariana Grande’s new song is a complete rip off of Princess Nokia’s “Mine” but none of you gays care to notice because you don’t care about the art of women of color unless it’s Beyoncé— Skinny Driver (@wade_sonicjoy) January 18, 2019
i can’t believe princess nokia is saying ariana stole her song over an extremely generic flow that she wasn’t even the first to do..go listen to kali uchis honey baby then nokia’s orange blossom lol she stole her Whole Fucking Song dude— ok! (@thedeathtarot) January 18, 2019
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
Ariana Grande lifted 2 Chainz’s Pink Trap House aesthetic, Princess Nokia’s lyrics, and Soulja Boy’s flow https://t.co/KVkvHYMS2u— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) January 18, 2019
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