Review: ‘No Strings’ (single) - Rouge

SERISHKA MOODLEY

After many months of anticipation, Rouge has finally dropped a single from her upcoming album, The New Era Session. The song, titled ‘No Strings’, debuted last week. The song is produced by Mae N Major and its lyrics are fun and flirty. The song is centred around a girl who is constantly having to ‘friend zone’ guys, as she is not looking for anything serious. With lyrics such as “I got no ties to you” and “Now you asking for relationship goals, baby I’m a savage, I ain’t with your vision”, it is clear that Rouge means business. If this single is anything to go by, the female rapper is not planning on slowing down anytime soon.

Although the song is catchy and the lyrics are fun, it tends to become a bit repetitive. Rouge uses the same type of flow in this single as she does in most of her music. After promising a new sound, listeners would have expected a variation in style, rhythm and flow, but they were not given it. This song covers what most rap songs do these days: money, fake love, and trying to live life like a ‘baller’ or a ‘boss’. Although these topics sell records, fans would have expected Rouge (an artist trying to revamp her image) to stay true to herself and to produce something more sincere.

The song is available on iTunes and Soundcloud, as well as other various downloading platforms.

3/5

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