It's funny how we love songs we can't relate to. If you're struggling to make ends meet, you might gravitate towards tracks like the Wu-Tang Clan's C.R.E.A.M. and Eminem's Rock Bottom. Yet there are times when you want to bump something flossy, like J. Cole's ATM and Rick Ross and Styles P's B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast). By living through someone else's lavish lifestyle, we get a vicarious thrill, believing that our dreams are just within reach.
On Friday, Ariana Grande released the music video for her infectious song 7 Rings. The song is inspired by a true story, the time Ari got drunk and bought herself and her six best friends engagement rings at Tiffany's in New York. "You know how when you’re waiting at Tiffany’s they give you lots of champagne?” she asked Billboard. "They got us very tipsy, so we bought seven engagement rings, and when I got back to the studio I gave everybody a friendship ring."
On Twitter, Ariana revealed that actually there are nine rings, which I love, because it's an unexpected reference to Lord of the Rings. In J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy saga, the dark lord Sauron, with the help of the Elves of Eregion, forged nine magic rings of power, along with one ring to rule them all:
"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky / Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone . / Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die / One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne / In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie / One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them / One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them / In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
Unfortunately, there are no Lord of the Rings references in the 7 Rings music video, which is an enormous missed opportunity, Ari! Despite this egregious mistake, the video is an entertaining romp. Ariana confidently croons about how great it feels to purchase everything you want in life: "My wrist, stop watchin,' my neck is flossin' /Make big deposits, my gloss is poppin' / You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it / I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it."
Arianators love the triumphant anthem to being rich as hell, although currently they are broke as hell. Twitter users declared the song to be a banger, although they felt embarrassed about the lack of money in their bank accounts. "Ariana really just told us all we’re broke AND depressed to the tune of My Favorite Things," wrote one fan. Another tweeted that she was bobbing while her head while "Ariana call[ed] me a broke bitch for 3 minutes."
Well, don't feel bad you're not in the 1%, Arianators. While there are perks to being rich, let us never forget the words of the late great poet The Notorious B.I.G.: Mo' Money, Mo' Problems.