Ring - Cardi B ft. Kehlani




The Experience: I want you to make it ring... I'm offering commitment, connection, love... will you answer?

Music video: The visuals offer two different situations. The first is a broken relationship. The phone booth: Cardi B committed to an exclusive relationship and walled off from everything else - but no one's picking up on the other end. The web of phone cables: Cardi B tied down but with no connection. The second is freedom: Cardi B and Kehlani free and happy. But the third option is blatantly missing: connection. Is it possible?

The Meaning of Ring: Relationships connect us. They're a line that links life to life and heart to heart... until they don't anymore. Ring is about when relationships break down: you're still tied down but it's bondage instead of connection. When there's no communication - you don't hit my line no more. When there's only one-way selfishness: demands but no conversation - I still wake up from missed calls. When someone doesn't talk anymore - used to be on my line - and doesn't show anymore - used to be on my tip all the time

Ask yourself: Connection can't be forced. Are trust and commitment worth the risk?

Soundtrack: Invasion of Privacy (2018)


LYRICS:


[Kehlani]
Ooh, ooh
Ring, ring, ring, ring

You don't hit my line no more, oh, oh
You don't make it ring, ring, ring, ring
I can't keep this on the low
I want you to make it ring, ring, ring, ring

[Cardi B]
Should I call first? I can't decide
I want to, but a b-tch got pride
The switchin' up sh-t is what I can't f-ck with
I'm feelin' you but you hard to get in touch with
And you ain't hit me up in a while
Actin' like you don't know what number to dial
You quit, then that's it, I'ma throw in the towel
'Cause a n-gg- only gon' do what you allow
You don't want this gun smoke
Learn to text with your nose if your thumb broke
I don't care if we get' into it and I stall on your -ss
But I still wake up from missed calls from your -ss, n-gg-

[Kehlani]
You don't hit my line no more, oh, oh
You don't make it ring, ring, ring, ring
I can't keep this on the low
I want you to make it ring, ring, ring, ring

[Cardi B]
Nah, n-gg- now you gon' have to call me (call me)
'Cause I'm lookin' at these messages, they all me (yeah)
Actin' like there ain't n-gg-s that want me
Let another n-gg- in your spot, and you gon' be hot, n-gg-, coffee
You gon' be sick to your stomach
Hit me when you free, 1-800
It's emergency, call me 911
'Cause right now I'm out here tryna find someone
the ring on my phone, ring on my finger (brrr)
You actin' like you ain't tryna do either (yeah)
Was a good girl? Watch me turn diva
Here goes my heart, I put it on speaker (oh)

[Kehlani]
You don't hit my line no more, oh, oh
You don't make it ring, ring, ring, ring
I can't keep this on the low
I want you to make it ring, ring, ring, ring

You used to be on my line
On my tip all the time, yeah
Love it when you make me feel
Like you don't mind when I ain't got time for you
You know it don't go to my head
I'm only arrogant in bed
I just love to know you wanna spend time with me instead
Now you all caught up
Yeah, you all caught up
Now you done left me alone, yeah
You was all fed up
Ready for the next step
Wanna be on your own
Said I just miss you, I just miss us, baby
All I know is

You don't hit my line no more, oh, oh
You don't make it ring, ring, ring, ring (you don't make it ring, baby)
I can't keep this on the low (yeah, yeah, oh)
I want you to make it ring, ring, ring, ring


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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