When Ariana Grande‘s song “7 Rings” arrived last week, fans were thrilled — but some rappers weren’t.
Specifically, rapper Princess Nokia accused Ari of stealing the lyrics from her song “Mine,” in which she says, “Flip the weave, I am a stunner/It’s mine, I bought it/It’s mine, I bought it.” In “7 Rings,” Ariana sings, “You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it/I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, in a now-deleted comment on her Instagram Story, Ariana wrote, “‘You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it’… White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism.”
This comment upset fans who thought Ariana’s flip comment was missing the point. When The Shade Room pointed this out, Ari commented on the post with an apology.
“Hi hi… I think [my] 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 so sorry if my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like…to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”
Meanwhile, rapper Soulja Boy has outright accused Ariana of stealing his flow on his song “Pretty Boy Swag” on the rap portion of “7 Rings.” He tweeted, “You’re a thief @ArianaGrande.”
And rapper 2 Chainz feels that “7 Rings” is very similar to the part in his song “Spend It,” in which he says, “It’s mine/I spend it.” He also feels that the “7 Rings” video appropriates imagery from rap videos.
Meanwhile, Ariana’s manager Scooter Braun tweeted that “7 Rings” broke the Spotify all-time record for most-streamed song within 24 hours of release, scoring just under 15 million streams.
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