Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ May Have Bit Soulja Boy & Princess Nokia
by RK Jackson
Ariana Grande has enjoyed immense success after dropping her single ‘Thank U, Next’ which skyrocketed to #1 on the Hot 100 becoming her first single to do so. In a December interview with Billboard, Ari pointed out, “My dream has always been to be—obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does,” she said at the time. “I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t.”
But with her new song ‘7 Rings’ not only does she rap and interpolate a Julie Andrews’ classic ‘My Favorite Things’, but it sounds like she may have been inspired by Soulja Boy’s decade-old ‘Pretty Boy Swag’. The internet went into a frenzy after the song dropped last night with theories and mashups comparing and contrasting the two songs.
While Soulja Boy isn’t credited as a contributor or writer on the song (Soulja Boy is credited for one line on Beyoncé’s ‘Hold Up’) he has always been vocal about the power of the internet, his influence on popular culture and making sure he gets “his 5%”. Another entry into the ring is Princess Nokia who has heard the song and believes it lifts inspiration from her track ‘Mine’ which talks about black and brown women who choose to buy their hair and taking ownership of their identities.
This particular line might be inspired, but if we’re referencing the “It’s mine, I bought it line” we should definitely be looking to 2 Chainz’ (then Tity Boi) 2011 hit ‘Spend It’ where he raps: “It’s mine, I spend it.” In addition, in the video it would seem Ari has “sampled” if you will 2 Chainz’ viral Pink Traphouse (now haunted) aesthetic and some could even add Iggy Azalea’s ‘Kream’ Video which shares similar stylings
Lead artists with multiple writers often take the brunt of the heat that comes with plagiarism claims, but do you think Ariana is directly at fault? It’s often said there’s nothing new under the sun, so what’s your take on the controversy? Sound off below or talk to us on Twitter.