While some corners of the Internet are rejoicing in Ariana Grande‘s new trap-influenced single and video for “7 Rings,” other members are crying “plagiarism” after Princess Nokia pointed out that the Thank U, Next single sounds suspiciously familiar to her song, “Mine.”
“Oh! Oh! Wow!” Nokia says while playing the two songs back-to-back on her Instagram page. “Does that sound familiar to you, because that sounds really familiar to me!”
She later point out that her song “Mine” off of her 2017 project 1992 Deluxe is written for a different demographic that the majority of Grande’s fans.
“Oh my god. Ain’t [“Mine”] the little song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm… sounds about white,” Nokia continues. “7 Rings” features an interpolation of The Sound Of Music‘s “My Favorite Things,” and features a flow reminiscent of Soulja Boy‘s “Pretty Boy Swag.” However, the similarities between Nokia’s “Mine” and Grande’s new song are indeed striking, specifically the cadence for the repeated lines (“it’s mine, I bought it” for Nokia and “I want it, I got it” for Ari), as well as the flow for the pre-chorus.
Grande hasn’t commented on the allegations, however, Twitter users are jumping to Nokia’s defense.
“@ArianaGrande when you heard Mine by Princess Nokia did you listen to the words telling you not to appropriate or were just plotting on how else you can capitalize on black culture and grabbed the beat with no credit,” one user wrote.
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