Ariana Grande throws a masquerade in “Right There”

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Big Sean
Seriously, who invited this clown to the party? His generic rapping totally derails the otherwise excellent song. I’ve never liked the hip-hop cameo routine popping in during catchy pop tunes. It’s forced and always feel like someone’s crashing the party.

Did I just step into a time machine and show up to the 90s? You know, when MTV used to play music videos more often than reality shows, and Carson Daly hosted TRL. Well, it sure feels like it in Ariana Grande’s latest music video! Channeling her trademark Mariah Carey vocals for“Right There,” the beautiful Ariana puts on a masquerade like something from Leo DiCaprio’s Romeo + Juliet, really underlining the ghost-from-a-decade-past vibe. I dig it!

Unfortunately, her otherwise catchy tune and classy scenery is totally destroyed by Big Sean’s obnoxious rapping. He should have stayed in the distant background, because whenever he steps into the video blabbing yawn-inducing lyrics about being a ladies man and a tough guy, it kills the vibe. Ariana, you don’t need him there. He’s a dime-a-dozen non-musician. Stick with your talent or invite some guests who can actually play an instrument and sing!

Anyhow, the video’s solid otherwise, and is directed by the Young Astronauts (who did Grande’s “Almost Is Never Enough”).  Oh, and guess who makes an appearance as Romeo? Patrick Schwarzenegger! Yep, he’s the celebrity son of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even though he doesn’t say a word during the whole video, he’s definitely a lot more entertaining than “Big” Sean’s “little” talent.

The song especially brings the nostalgia out in anyone who remembers Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby.” Ariana welcomes the comparisons, though, because she recently told Rolling Stone: “It’s a massive compliment; she’s the greatest singer in the world, like literally, the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s an incredible compliment but it doesn’t worry me, because when you listen to my album as a whole, you get to know me.”

Images courtesy of ArianaGrandeVevo on YouTube.