Ariana Grande’s “Right There” Originally Featured King Los Instead Of Big Sean: Listen To His Version

Ariana Grande scored a minor hit last year with R&B-lite/pop jam “Right There” but it turns out Big Sean wasn’t her first choice for the rap feature. King Los was the first MC to lend the perky song a verse and he just uploaded his unreleased version to YouTube so everyone can hear it.

There isn’t a world of difference between the King Los demo and finished product. His version is grittier than Sean’s and has a slightly edgier mix but it would have sounded out of place on a bubblegum pop album like Yours Truly. If Ari continues to imitate Mariah Carey‘s career, she can revisit this sound during her inevitable urban phase. Listen after the jump.

Which version do you prefer? Have your say in the comments below.

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  • Guest

    Imitating Mariah’s career? Can you make that judgment after one album? Plus she has been acting for years and did Broadway first.

    • Guest

      I agree with you, Ariana’s sound & style has been influenced by so many people, compare it Mariah or anyone else, that’s just the way her voice is naturally.

      Brandy use to sound a lot like Whitney in the beginning, but she found her own style, and her own sound over time. But that’s something that an artist has to grow into. (Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey) Many singers sounds & styles have changed from what they were, when they first started. And given the time and space to grow, Ariana grow into the artist that she is meant to be. People need to stop judging & pressuring, this young woman, and let her find her way!

  • Savannah

    Big sean! definilatey!

  • Guest

    I like Big Sean’s verson better for sure. Listening to this verson was OK, Ariana sounded Great as usual, but King LOS wasn’t doing it for me, Big Sean’s sound was the better way to go!

  • Lola

    I don’t like Mariah’s music but I am an Ariana fan. Imitating Mariah’s career? I don’t think so.

  • Guest

    I honestly think that this version is better because it has a faster rap and it sounds like it actually took some time to write but Big Sean is sill a great rapper though

  • Guest.

    Ariana’s voice sounded lovely. But King’s Los didn’t suit this song, so i’m glad they chose Big Sean!

  • Me

    She isn’t imitating Mariah’s career, she’s just doing her thing and that’s just the way her voice sounds! Oh and I like the Big Sean version better tbh.

  • ME

    Big Sean! Just sounds… right.