​Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj dropped their second ​collaboration this week with the song "The Light is Coming," which is set to appear on Grande's upcoming album Sweetener.


The song, produced by Pharrell Williams, features a sample of a man yelling, "You wouldn't let anybody speak," and the constant repetition did not sit well with some of Ariana Grande's fans.

After some digging, fans discovered the sample was taken from a 2009 CNN video of a town hall meeting between former Democratic Senator of Pennsylvania Arlen Specter and the town of Lebanon, PA.


In the clip, which also features the "wait a minute" sample Williams used on the N.E.R.D. song "Lemon" featuring Rihanna, Arlen Specter is heckled by a man in the crowd who is angry he did not receive a chance to speak at the town hall, before walking out.

By including the sample on not one, but two songs, one has to question what political message Pharrell Williams means within these obvious dance hits? Is Pharrell inserting an argument for talking to your representatives and for our representatives to listen to their constituents on songs that also say "bath salts, bitin' speakers in the face?"


"You don't listen 'cause you know everything," Ariana Grande sings on "The Light is Coming." "You don't even need dreams/Tellin' everybody, 'Stay woke, don't sleep.'"

It's possible the political message stops there, but it's even more interesting when you look further into what happened at that specific 2009 town hall meeting that thickens the plot.


Senator Specter was a republican up until 2009, when he switched to the Democratic party and began promoting The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. He also switched positions to be "pro-choice" on abortion rights, believing in "a woman's right to choose," voted to prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation, and voted in repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." 


In the sampled town hall meeting, he is speaking in favor of the Affordable Care Act and the concept of government-owned healthcare, when the angered constituent who complains about not getting a chance to speak (the one sampled by Pharrell), speaks on the fear of losing his private health care and Democrats going "against the constitution."

As the ​Pew Research Center reported in 2013 (three years after Obamacare was signed into effect), the government healthcare system was approved by 91% of African-Americans, 61% of Hispanics, and 29% of whites, as it allowed minority groups to healthcare options previously unavailable to them. The man speaking out at the town hall, therefore, is presenting what would have been a conservative opinion by wanting the government out of his health care plan.


So, is Pharrell speaking out for the importance of dialogue between representatives at their constituents, or is he against affordable health care for all? Either way, it's an odd message to throw into an ​Ariana Grande song, especially one that is simply about the light overcoming the darkness.