Ariana Grande Taps ‘Good Dude’ Big Sean For ‘The Way’ Sequel

Grande opens up to MTV News about 'Right There,' off her debut album, Yours Truly.

Ariana Grande declared her crush on Mac Miller on “The Way,” but on a new track, “Right There,” she’s got love for Big Sean.

The singer revealed to MTV News that she’s hooked up with the G.O.O.D. Music MC for the track, which she considers “kind of like the sequel to ‘The Way.’”

“I love it. I can’t say it’s one of my favorites on the album because they’re all my favorites, but it’s really cool and he killed it. I love his verse.”

Grande and Sean have been pals for a while, but she was waiting for the perfect song to take their musical friendship to the next level.

“We wanted to have writing sessions and, like, jam together but we never found the time and we never found the right song,” she said. “We were talking about a few other songs together but it just never worked out and it never was the right moment and then finally ‘Right There’ came along. And we were like ‘Oh this is it’.”

In addition to being his friend, the singer and “Sam & Cat” star is a longtime fan of the Detroit MC. “He’s one of my favorites; I love him,” she shared. “I can’t even tell you how many of his verses in his songs I’ve memorized.”

Well, there is actually some footage of her handful of homages to Sean floating around the Web, including her rapping “Guap” and his verse in Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.” But, she says, hands down her favorite Sean verse is on Wiz Khalifa’s “GangBang.”

She added, “It’s really funny because a lot of people think because I hang out with people like Mac, and sometimes Sean, they think I’m like a badass now and I’m like ‘No, they’re just kind of respectful. They’re really good dudes.’ And it’s just really cool.”

But considering she’s banked so much studio time with some of the hottest rappers in the game, don’t expect her to drop a rap track anytime soon. “No! Never! I love to rap in my car and I think that rapping is one of the best feelings in the world. When you learn the words to a rap, it’s such a great feeling but I would never take myself seriously as a rapper,” she said. “I can’t put enough emphasis on the word ‘never.’ ”

“Right There” will appear on her debut album, Yours Truly, out September 3. It will also include her new single “Baby I” and her duet with The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes ,
“Almost Is Never Enough.”