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.