As much success ‘Thank U, Next’ has brought Ariana Grande it has made as much of appropriation vs. appreciation arguments. 2 Chainz was one of the many artists that the pop star drew inspiration from without being credited.
When the 25-year-old dropped the ‘7 Rings’ song and music video, multiple hip-hop artists like Soulja Boy and Princess Nokia claimed that it ripped off one of their tracks. But the most darning piece of evidence was a side by side comparison of 2 Chainz’ ‘Spend It’ song and his pink trap house.
The rapper pointed the similarities out more subtly than the aforementioned artists on Instagram and decided to handle it the mature way by reaching out to Ariana’s manager to have a conversation about it.
They ended up meeting face to face where the former Nickelodeon star made it clear that it was a purposeful nod to both his track and artistic vision.
The 41-year-old told Genius: “I want to say it didn’t bother me, but once again, you don’t want to get caught up into that, ‘Man you’re petty.’ You know what I’m saying? Because I’ve thought that somebody has taken a little something out of my DNA before, and I haven’t said anything because I don’t want anybody … It’s supposed to be … what is it? Flattering, or whatever it’s supposed to be.”
He went on to say that the meting actually changed everything.
“I started getting what was going on, having a clear understanding of what was going on. She was more or less saying that, ‘Well, yeah, I thought people knew I took it from you.’ And I said, ‘Well, how would people know that?’ What kinda points do I get off snapping on Ariana Grande or dissing her? I don’t get anything off that.”
The conversation was so productive that 2 Chainz ended up getting on the 7 Rings remix and featuring Grande on his newest album ‘Rap or Go to the League.’ What do you think about this situation?