2 Chainz Explains His Understandable Frustration Regarding Ariana Grande Copying Him
2 Chainz made lemonade from the “7 Rings” controversy, but it still left a sour taste in his mouth.
Ariana Grande’s trap-tinged song “7 Rings” off her No. 1 album, Thank U, Next, topped the Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. There’s no doubt the song is a monster, and she owes a lot to rapper 2 Chainz for influencing the record’s sound.
When Ari first released “7 Rings,” the Internet lambasted the pop star for ripping off several hip-hop artists, including Princess Nokia, Soulja Boy and 2 Chainz. Instead of denying there’s any likeness, Ariana added 2 Chainz to a remix of the track, but it was a last-minute decision because of the immense copycat backlash.
2 Chainz weighed in on the drama in a new interview with Genius’ Rob Markman and says though it’s all good, he wasn’t thrilled about how it all went down.
“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 said.
2 Chainz and Ariana’s manager, Scooter Braun, arranged a meeting to clear the air. The rapper says Ariana explained that she assumed most people knew “7 Rings” was inspired by Chainz’s 2011 song, “Spend It.”
“They set it up so we could actually meet and talk face to face,” he explained. “I think that kind of changed everything because 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?'”
He added: “What kinda points do I get off snapping on Ariana Grande or dissing her? I don’t get anything off that,” he said. “Imagine me going through, what are some of the groups now? I can’t do it. It won’t work for me like that.”
The two also collaborated on a song titled “Rule The World” off Chainz’s new album, Rap Or Go To The League. Listen to that here.