Grande in hot water after “7 Rings” controversy
February 8, 2019
World wide known singer, Ariana Grande is now facing controversy about her new song “7 Rings”. Many artist claim their work was stolen and has elements of cultural appropriation.
Grande is being accused of stealing parts of other artists’ songs. Rappers 2 Chainz and Soulja Boy claimed she copied some of their previous work and her song sounds very similar to theirs.
Soulja Boy says she copied parts of his song, “Pretty Boy Swag”. 2 Chainz also said her song sounded very similar to his song “Swanging Doors”, but Grande had no comment on the plagiarism accusations.
Puerto Rican rapper, Princess Nokia, also made commentary on the song saying Ariana stole from her 1992 mixtape track, “Mine”.
On top of the song being accused of being copied off of multiple different artists, “7 Rings” is also being argued as cultural appropriation. Grande posted on her Instagram story shortly after addressing the issue.
Grande posted a screenshot of Aminatou Sow’s Instagram story saying, “You like my hair? Gee thanks, just bought it… ‘White women talking about their weaves is how we’re going to solve racism,” Sow said. Grande may had thought it was supposed to be a compliment, but Sow had meant it to be sarcastic.
Grande deleted the post soon after, but insisted she did not want to draw more attention to the problem, but try to explain what the original message of that part of the song was supposed to mean.
She then posted, “I think her intention was to be like… ‘yay a white person disassociating the negative stereotype that is paired with the word weave…’,” she wrote. “However, I’m sorry my response was out of pocket or if it came across in the wrong way.” Grande wrote.
In her music video, Asian letters with no obvious relations to Ariana or the song was featured. Fans say it was done for aesthetic and others say it exploits Asian and Japanese culture.
Grande did apologize for all the miscommunications however some were not even discussed. She states she did not mean to hurt or offend anyone with this song.
“Thanks for opening the conversation and like to everyone talking to me about it. It never my intention to offend anybody,” Grande wrote.