Ariana Grande has been gradually teasing her next album thank u, next for months, and the latest preview of that project is “7 rings,” a pop-rap single where the 25-year-old star flaunts her wealth. The song draws on plenty of influences, from The Sound of Music to Notorious B.I.G. But when the song dropped at midnight, plenty of fans took to Twitter to point out the parallels between “7 rings” and Nuyorican rapper Princess Nokia‘s “Mine,” a song from her critically acclaimed 2017 mixtape 1992.
Nokia posted a sardonic video on her Instagram account pointing out the similarities between the two tracks, playing clips from each song. “Does that sound familiar to you? ‘Cause that sounds really familiar to me. Oh my god…ain’t that the little song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm…sounds about white,” she says in the clip. On “7 rings,” Grande raps, “You like my hair?/Gee thanks, just bought it,” whereas on “Mine,” Nokia repeatedly says, “It’s mine/I bought it.”
Fans are also joining the conversation, arguing that Grande cribs Nokia’s flow on “7 rings.” Watch the videos below and decide for yourself:
Guys…Princess Nokia I saying that Ariana possibly took a snippet of her song and used it for 7 rings… I can hear a similarity but idk pic.twitter.com/pRAsI0V4QC
— (@SeokjinHoes) January 18, 2019
We thot this new Ariana song sounded sooooo familiar anyone else hearin this?? Princess Nokia need credit fr pic.twitter.com/AFwniarpNM
— kaitlynn (@klonksnewgroove) January 18, 2019
calling it right now 7 rings by ariana grande totally rips off ‘mine’ by princess nokia
— chicken (@fasechogletto) January 18, 2019
i loved the visuals but i felt weird abt ariana’s #7rings. i could obviously tell that the pink trap house was ripped off from 2 chainz and the sound of music part wasn’t original but something else felt dishonest. then i realized the flow is literally ‘mine’ by princess nokia
— kay (@kaylenivy) January 18, 2019
so is this a coincidence or did Ariana rip off Princess Nokia pic.twitter.com/zoBnaPdBY2
— (@badgaldegu) January 18, 2019
Update, 1/18/2019, 3 p.m.: A previous version of this post referred to Grande’s next album as sweetener. The correct title of her forthcoming project is thank u, next.