This past Thursday, on January 17th, Ariana Grande released the third track to her highly anticipated album “thank u, next.” “7 rings” is currently the #1 trending video on YouTube and has reached over 35 million views.
Since the release of the song, many people have called out Ariana and accused her of stealing from popular artists.
Princess Nokia has also criticized Ariana of copying her song “Mine” that was released in 2017. Nokia shared a video on Instagram and Twitter, playing a clip of “7 rings” and her own song “Mine”, followed by the question: “Does that sound familiar to you? Ain’t that the lil song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm… sounds about white.”
Nokia also retweeted a post on Twitter that further accused Grande of stealing from her song. The tweet read: “Ima big @princessnokia fan… AG’s new album literally plagiarizes flows, words, bars from Nokia… yo what a shame, millions of dollars and a TEAM of people to make and write your music…. yet they STILL STEAL.”
Ima big @princessnokia fan… AG’s new album literally plagiarizes flows, words, bars from Nokia… yo what a shame, millions of dollars and a TEAM of people to make and write your music…. yet they STILL STEAL https://t.co/7xa4zvk2ue
— CAMOUFLAGE DON (@CAMOUFLAGEDON) January 18, 2019
Others have argued that Ariana’s “7 rings” is merely Soulja Boy’s legendary song “Pretty Boy Swag” sped up.
— zoo wee papa (@beeskneesruiz) January 18, 2019
Ariana’s video is rather similar to 2 Chainz’s Pink Trap House, too. It was a popular and safe space for people that he used as a HIV-testing center and a spot for people to hang out and take photos. Grande’s video included a pink house and a pink car with “7 Rings” spray painted on the side of it in the same fashion as 2 Chainz’s.
You can watch Grande’s newly released video “7 Ringz” below.