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Ariana Grande Premiers “the light is coming” Video with Nicki Minaj (Lyrics Review)

“the light is coming” single was released as a track from Ariana’s upcoming album ‘Sweetener’ expected in August 2018. The first single released “No Tears Left to Cry” was also a major hit conquering the singles charts around the world. The new Pharrell Williams-produced track is more slowed down and has some special samples in the music track.

“the light is coming” features one verse from Nicki Minaj which takes the intro to the song. The song speaks about having a positive outlook during tough times, which Ariana relates to her personal relationships in the song. The lyrics have been written by Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande.

Ariana has spoken about Nicki Minaj on the track with The Fader:

“That’s what Nicki Minaj does, she elevates a record. If you’re going to have a rapper on a song, they need to really really really be there for a reason, and she does that every single time.”

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The song samples a dialogue of a person attending a Townhall meeting in Pennsylvania in 2009. The angry audience member confronted the senator Arlen Specter and spoke out loud “I came prepared to speak, but instead, you wouldn’t let anybody speak.” Watch the below video from 0.58-minute mark.

Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “the light is coming”

Verse 1

The first verse is done by Nicki Minaj and she addresses her haters in these lyrics. She shouts back to her single “Chun-Li” which is rumored to be about Cardi B or Remy Ma.

Nicki also speaks about keeping her ‘Queen’ status in the industry, which was lately challenged by Cardi B with many hits back-to-back. It is unclear whom she refers to as “F boys” but it could be solemnly referring to a girl as well.


The chorus done by Ariana is only one line repeated four times, with the sample about played in between each line.

The one lyric line speaks about how “light” which usually refers to good things bringing back the positives that were stolen by the “darkness” which refers to bad things.

Ariana Grande went through a breakup with rapper Mac Miller, whom together made songs such as “My Favorite Part.” Currently, Ariana is dating American actor and comedian Pete Davidson, with whom she bought a $16 million apartment in New York as well.

Verse 2

In these lyrics of “the light is coming,” Ariana speaks about rumors. She talks in disgust about the people who talk and spread gossip, like they don’t have anything better to do with their lives.


Grande asks how do people judge her so much? Her relationship with Pete Davidson has been criticized by the public in spite of moving ‘too fast.’ After announcing the relationship with Pete Davidson in May-18, they even moved in together in June-18. Ariana asks if everything has to happen to a rationale if everything should make sense? Especially if it is not their lives they are talking about.

The same meaning is given in the third verse of the track, even referencing to ‘Need for speed’ the popular racing game franchise.

“the light is coming” is very catchy despite the personal touch on the song. The Pharrell Williams influence is quite visible on the music. Do let us know what you think about this new single and the music video in the comments below.

Full Lyrics to “the light is coming” by Ariana Grande


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