7 Rings — a different perspective from Ariana Grande
February 5, 2019
As someone who rarely listens to pop music, this song caught me by surprise. A friend introduced me to the song because a line had caught their eye, and I noticed right off the bat that this was much different than most of Grande’s songs.
This was the first song of hers that followed the recent trend of material flex music, with many songs in the hip-hop industry basing their lyrics after this idea and a growing collection of pop songs like the aptly named “Go Flex” by Post Malone and “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B. In this song, Grande really tries to embody the image of who she could be with all that she has. “I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it / I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it” is the message.
Breaking it down, the track is based around “My Favorite Things” by Julie Andrews and uses that as its thesis to list off all Grande has (or has the potential to have). The main melody is catchy, as should be expected of Grande, and the hook and chorus have some serious bop to their melodies and bass lines. Her voice is less elegant and feels icy and harsh, but fits well with the lyrics. In contrast with the previous album, Sweetener, she takes a more aggressive position on “successful” and steps away from the grace of the rest of the songs.
Looking into the future, few would be surprised if she follows Taylor Swift into a “Look What You Made Me Do” mood, especially following her breakup with Pete Davidson. Moving away from “I’m just like you” to “Look how great I’ve become” would make sense to many.
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