With the release of her latest pop-rap single “7 rings,” all eyes are back on Ariana Grande. But the spotlight has brought some not-so-favorable attention as well: The Internet, including Princess Nokia, is accusing Grande of stealing the Nuyorican rapper’s flow in “Mine.”
In a video Nokia, born Destiny Frasqueri, posted on Instagram, she points out some similarities between the new track, off the young pop diva’s upcoming album thank u, next, and Nokia’s own song, which dropped in 2017 as part of her mixtape 1992.
“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 video.
On “7 rings,” Grande raps, “You like my hair? Gee thanks, just bought it.” Similarly, on “Mine,” Nokia goes, “It’s mine, I bought it.”
The rapper isn’t the only one questioning the likeness of the songs. Twitter users, including some of Grande’s own fans, are raising their eyebrows as well.
Ima big @princessnokia fan… AG’s new album literally plagiarizes flows, words, bars from Nokia… yo what a shame, millions of dollars and a TEAM of people to make and write your music…. yet they STILL STEAL https://t.co/7xa4zvk2ue
— CAMOUFLAGE DON (@CAMOUFLAGEDON) 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
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
Despite Nokia directly calling Grande out with a mention on her Instagram post, the “thank u, next” singer has yet to respond to the call-out.
Take a listen to Grande’s “7 rings” below then compare it to Nokia’s “Mine” above, and let us know what you think.