Ariana Grande has become quite a sampling queen, most recently offering up a brilliant reimagination of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” in “7 Rings.” With the release of her new album thank u, next today (Feb. 8), Grande now has ’90s babies going crazy over her latest sample: *NSYNC‘s “It Makes Me Ill.”
Grande incorporates the boy band’s song — a deep cut but fan favorite from their biggest album, 2000’s No Strings Attached — in a track titled “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” The tune quotes some lines from “It Makes Me Ill” in the bridge, then adds an Ari twist, tweaking the lyrics from “You can say I’m crazy, if you want to/ That’s true, I’m crazy ’bout you” to “You can call me crazy cuz I want you/ And I never even never fuckin met you.”
Ari wrote “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” with frequent collaborators Ilya Salmanzadeh and Savan Kotecha, as well as Max Martin, who wrote and produced three of *NSYNC’s biggest hits — including the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Also credited on the song are Kandi Burruss and Kevin Briggs, who co-wrote and produced “It Makes Me Ill,” but it’s unclear whether they had involvement with “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”
In addition to “My Favorite Things” and “It Makes Me Ill,” one more sample can be heard on thank u, next. A track titled “Fake Smile” includes bits of Wendy Rene’s 1964 hit, “After Laughter Comes Tears,” a song that has previously been sampled by Wu-Tang Clan (“Tearz”) and Alicia Keys (“Where Do We Go From Here”).
Take a listen to Grande’s *NSYNC sample in “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” below, and stream thank u, next here.