Take a listen for yourself.
Ariana Grande released a video for her new single “7 Rings” last night and many people pointed to her use of trap drums and a Soulja Boy-like flow as signs of appropriating aspects of a culture that she didn’t belong in. But Princess Nokia, the Puerto Rican rapper from New York City, took it a step further and revealed that not only is she appropriating aspects of the aforementioned styles, but Grande is also directly stealing from her. In a video posted to Instagram earlier today, Princess Nokia plays a snippet of “7 Rings” and then plays a snippet of her own 2017 song “Mine.” She then comments on the two songs’ similarities. “Does that sound familiar to you?” she says. “Ain’t that the lil’ song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm…sounds about white.”
Grande has yet to respond to the claims from Nokia, or those from social media users comparing the song to Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag.” Check out the video and post below.
— Princess Nokia (@princessnokia) January 18, 2019
For reference, here’s Nokia’s “Mine”.