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The Light Is Coming
Ariana Grande
Sweetener
Features Nicki Minaj
Released June 20, 2018
Format Digital download
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 3:48
Label Republic
Writer Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Onika Maraj
Producer Pharrell Williams
Promotional single information
Single release June 20, 2018
Video release June 20, 2018
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"The Light Is Coming" is a song by Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj from her fourth studio album Sweetener. Grande confirmed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 1, 2018. On May 7, 2018, Ariana confirmed via Twitter that the track would be the next song released from the album. One week later, Ariana teased some of the lyrics on Twitter. On May 20, 2018, Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with her song "No Tears Left To Cry". At the end of her performance, the title "the light is coming" was displayed. On May 27, 2018, Grande shared a snippet of the song on her Instagram and Twitter accounts, which revealed the feature of Nicki Minaj. On May 29, 2018, Grande posted a clip of her rehearsing the song. On June 2, 2018, Grande performed part of the song at Wango Tango. It is Ariana and Nicki's fifth collaboration.

Background and release

During her cover story interview for The Fader magazine, Grande shared some background on the song. The track was created with a feature in mind. Ariana auditioned eight rappers for the song before turning to Nicki. The song was texted to Minaj,a sking if she would be interested in the spot. Minaj called Ariana up on an early morning to come and hear her verse. She stated —

"I went in my slippers and pajamas to the studio and she killed it — 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."[1]

Cross references

Music Video

The music video for "The Light Is Coming" was directed by Dave Meyers and was released on June 21, 2018.

Music Video Information
Ariana Grande - the light is coming ft

Ariana Grande - the light is coming ft. Nicki Minaj

Premiere June 21, 2018
Filmed
Director Dave Meyers
Producer Nathan Scherrer
Production co
Exec. producer
Editor Nick Gilberg
Choreographer
Length 3:52
Source [watch]

Lyrics

You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—

Nicki Minaj:
Ay yo, trophy wife, out you won me
Until you had to find out it's one me
Now you benched, aww, your bum knee
Now I'm the bad guy, call me Chun-Li (ooh)
'Cause you was slippin', yep, you clumsy
And everything I peeped, can't just unsee
Sips tea, and it's unsweet
Respect bad gyal when mi done speak (now, now)
Now he shooting his shot like drive-by
Why you had to make me go call up my side guy?
Ca-ca-can't let a f-boy eff up my nice vibes
Yo Ariana, come let me give you a high five!

Ariana Grande:
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—

What did she say? What did he say?
You don't listen 'cause you know everything
You don't even need dreams
Tellin' everybody, "Stay woke, don't sleep"

Ah, gonna break that shit down
You don't wait, tell 'em wait another round
Ah, guess you're way above it now
And that's your way to love it now

How can they tell you shit that you've been through?
They are so confused, who cares about their rationale?
If it ain't your view
That's the bottom line
Know-it-all (know-it-all)
Give you a box of chances, every time you blow it all (blow it all)
As if it were shade, you would just throw it all (throw it all)
It's like you're trying not to glow at all (glow at all)
Know-it-all (know-it-all)

The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole, stole, st-st-stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole, stole, stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole, stole, st-st-stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole, stole, stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—

Why do we have chemistry?
With a need for speed
Doin' things that trouble clings to
And burns off our wings

Ah, gonna break that shit down
You don't wait, tell 'em wait another round
Ah, guess you're way above it now
And that's your way to love it now

How can they tell you shit that you've been through?
They are so confused, who cares about their rationale?
If it ain't your view
That's the bottom line
Know-it-all (know-it-all)
Give you a box of chances, every time you blow it all (blow it all)
As if it were shade, you would just throw it all (throw it all)
It's like you're trying not to glow at all (glow at all)
Know-it-all (know-it-all)

The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole, stole, st-st-stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole, stole, stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole, stole, st-st-stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and instead—
The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole
You wouldn't let anybody speak and inst—
[2]

Credits

Personnel:[3]

  • Composer: Onika Maraj, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams
  • Producer: Pharrell Williams
  • Mixer: Manny Marroquin
  • Assistant mixer: Robin Florent, Scott Desmarais, Chris Gallard
  • Recording engineer: Mike Larson
  • Assistant recording engineer: Manny Park, Jacob Dennis, Ben Sedano, Ramon Rivas, Kris Crawford, Thomas Cullison, Brandan Morawski
  • Editor: Mike Larson
  • Vocal engineer: Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine

References

  1. https://www.thefader.com/2018/05/30/ariana-grande-cover-story
  2. https://genius.com/Ariana-grande-the-light-is-coming-lyrics
  3. https://listen.tidal.com/album/93636397