Ariana Grande has had a stellar beginning of 2019 her songs are all over the airwaves, we were all smitten with the “Thank u, Next” video which was a nod to some of the greatest female-driven films of the early 2000s. But now it seems we’re in for a debate about her latest song “7 Rings,” which according to rapper turned emo artist Princess Nokia is a rip off of her song “Mine” from her 2017 album 1992 Deluxe.
Princess Nokia is easily one of the most versatile and beloved underground Latinx artists of our time. Her unique style, her subject matter, and her special ability to peer into the hearts of the children of the diaspora has earned her loyal fan base. Today Nokia took to Instagram where she posted a video sarcastically jamming to Grande’s song where she raps, “You like my hair?/Gee thanks, just bought it.” She then switches to her own song “Mine” and says “Does that sound familiar to you? Cause that sounds really familiar to me. Ain’t that the little song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm… Sounds about white.”While the songs are not exactly the same, there are some pretty striking similarities in the sound, lyrics, and delivery. BUT it has also been pointed out that Nokia’s “Mine” is a sample of Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag.”
There is a fine line between sampling and stealing, sampling is the act of using a small part of an older song, film, or video, to produce a newer song. Most of the time, sampling includes a line, or a small part of a hook but a problem arises when credit and royalties become an issue and/or if the entire song relies on the use of someone else’s song *cough cough Drake.*
You be the judge, did Grande steal from Nokia who stole from Soulja Boy? Let us know in the comments.