18.05.2021

Ariana Grande’s New Song Is Great, but Let Me Vent a Little About That Sample

On “The Light Is Coming,” a man can repeatedly be heard in the background yelling something along the lines of, “You couldn’t let anybody speak.” Once you really pay attention to it, it’s actually impossible to focus on any other aspect of the song, even Grande’s peppy cadence or Nicki Minaj’s confident rap verse.

Ariana Grande’s heavenly voice brings the light on her latest single, but a particular sample seems to be casting a shadow for many listeners.

As it turns out, the sample on the Pharrell Williams-produced track, as discovered by MTV News editor Madeline Roth, is taken from a CNN clip of a man screaming at former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter during a 2009 town hall meeting on health care. Funnily enough, Pharrell sampled a different part of the clip for N.E.R.D’s “Lemon.” On the bright side, at least it makes the song memorable . . . right?

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