The 28-year-old rapper has been caught up in a plagiarism row, with a handful of music sleuths pointing out Grande’s “7 Rings” has an all-too familiar ring to it. Put simply, they’re saying Grande’s new hit sounds a lot like Soulja’s 2010 number “Pretty Boy Swag.”
Soulja Boy hears it, and he agrees. But he’s not angry. He’d rather make music than fight over it.
“It’s devastating,” he said when he first compared the two tracks. “I just feel like she should have reached out and we coulda did this song. She could have got a feature, know what I’m saying? She coulda called me. We could’ve got into the studio and done something ten-times as dope, you know.”
Speaking to Billboard on the red carpet, the hip-hop artist pitched Ariana with an offer of his own. “It’s all good,” he explained, pointing out life is great and business is even better having just signed to Warner Chappell. “Next time just hit me up Ariana, we can get into the studio. We can make a song together.”
Ari’s not the only high-profile artist he’d like to work with. His wish list includes Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Soulja also walked through his busy schedule which includes fight plans, a movie and a new album How Could You Blame Me, due out July 28. His bank balance is in fine shape too, he confidently boasted. “(I’m) making so much money,” he revealed. “I made $10 million last year.”
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