Single Reviews

Come and Take a Ride with Rudy on Her New Single, “Saddle Up”


If you can’t turn up to soca music, check your pulse. This banger is an instant hit…with special instructions.

“You see gyal like me hot gyal what we want is ah boss. Saddle up…”

Getting the turn-up started is never a problem when you open with a soca song. “Soca,” or “soul of calypso,” is a genre of Caribbean music that became popular in the subculture of Trinidad and Tobago in the late ‘70s and persists to be an instant party-starter today.

Soca artist Rudy is dominating the soca scene and her newest single, “Saddle Up,” got me hype almost as soon as I hit play.

The song (appropriately) starts with “Hidey-hey! Hidey-ho!” to set the tone of the cowboy theme Rudy sticks to for the duration of the song. And when I use the term, “cowboy,” it might be more accurate of the underlying theme of the song to use the term, “cowgirl,” if ya catch my drift. *wink*

Rudy is talking to a man – or to all men – about what it should be like when they’re…trailblazing. It’s clear that she wants him to take control of the reins and get the job done. She seems almost aggravated with the fact that she’s having to give instructions when her partner is the one who had the idea to saddle up, but after chastising him, she throws him a bone (no pun intended) with directions like, “Jump in the saddle and ride it, ride it,” “Hold on to the reins and ride it, ride it,” and, my personal favorite directive (probably because it made me know that we were unmistakably NOT talking about dancing), “Use the whip again and ride it, and ride it!”

The song is catchy as ever, but more importantly, it goes along with the theme of female empowerment we’re hearing in lots of songs by newer artists like Kehlani and Tove Lo who are not ashamed to say exactly what they mean. It’s a revival of feminine sexuality accepted in mainstream culture from the days of Lil’ Kim, Trina, and Missy Elliott.

I thoroughly enjoy soca music, and finding Rudy is such a double treat – a girl power dance anthem. “Saddle Up” by Rudy made me want to search more on her SoundCloud, and I’m sure you will, too.


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Hope Carter
Hailing from "Screwston," Texas, Hope has been immersed in music since birth, first being exposed to Motown by her parents, then discovering her love for all genres as she trained as a dancer. Her unique set of life experiences growing up in Houston's Historic Third Ward as a lower middle class child, attending schools in more affluent neighborhoods, all the while attending an international church in which she was very involved, created her open-minded approach to music and art. Hope is very socially conscious, and prefers to take songs as a whole - both lyrically and sonically - before making her final judgment on their quality. As a dancer, she is inclined to be interested to anything she can move to, but her Dirty South roots give her room to appreciate a more laidback, chill (screwed) vibe. Her taste in music continues to change as she discovers new artists and as genres evolve.