Ariana Grande’s first trap-inspired song, “7 Rings,” just debuted today at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after spending much of the weekend at No.1 on iTunes’ Worldwide charts and Spotify’s streaming chart. However, a growing number of rappers and their fans are calling Ariana out for what they say are elements in the new track that seem derivative of their own music and video offerings.
The first to suggest that “7 Rings” might be derivative was rapper Princess Nokia, who posted a video of herself listening to “7 Rings” and then her own single “Mine.” In the video, the rapper reacted to some similarities in sound and lyrics. “Does that sound familiar to you?,” Princess Nokia asks in the video. “‘Cause that sound really familiar to me. Oh my God!”
The second rapper to lay into Ariana over “7 Rings” was Soulja Boy. “Give me my credit,” tweeted the rapper in response to a tweet by Ariana about the song. “Lol stop stealing my swag,” he continued, and then added a final tweet that was direct and to-the-point: “You’re a thief.”
Interestingly, rapper Leshaun Ellis, who claims to have been one of the writers of “7 Rings,” responded to Soulja Boy’s tweets — and admitted that the song had been inspired by Soulja Boy’s 2010 recording, “Pretty Boy Swag.” “I WROTE 7 RINGS by @ArianaGrande and YES I was inspired by @souljaboy‘s pretty boy swag record, isn’t it obvious??,” Leshaun wrote. “I was paying homage to the goat tho, wasn’t trying to steal anybody’s swag.”
But the claims do not end there. The latest to seem offended by Ariana is Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz posted a snippet from the “7 Rings” video on social media and basically suggested that the pink trap house in Ariana’s video looks an awful lot like the pink trap house in his own “Door Swangin” video.
So far, though, Ariana has, herself, stayed quiet about the comments from the three rappers and their fans on social media.
“7 Rings” does seem to have similar elements to “Mine” and “Pretty Boy Swag,” and one can see how 2 Chainz might have felt that some of the ideas in the video for “7 Rings” seem similar to those in his video. The question will be: are these elements just “similar,” or were they intentionally lifted from the earlier works?
Below we have some of the comments made by Princess Nokia, Soulja Boy and 2 Chainz below.
(Image source: Ariana Grande Instagram account)
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