Ariana Grande was accused of duplicating the song’s content, flow, and video concept from Black and Latinx hip-hop artists.
When Ariana Grande dropped “7 Rings” at the end of last month, what should have been a triumphant reveal of her final Thank U, Next single before the album’s release became a tangled online debate about attribution and appreciation. She was accused of duplicating the song’s content, flow, and video concept from Black and Latinx hip-hop artists, including Princess Nokia, Soulja Boy, and 2 Chainz, who was later added to the song’s remix. Now, the song’s co-writers have weighed in on the controversy, defending it from those accusations and denying that they intended to copy or disrespect anyone’s style.

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