As her upcoming fourth album’s street date approaches, Ariana Grande is keeping the promise she recently established with her fans to deliver a handful of new songs before they can stream the collection in full. This time, she’s finally gifted them with “God is a Woman,” which excited millions from the moment she first shared the name of the tune.
“God is a Woman” sees the pop star dabble in hip-hop and reggae once again, though pop remains the prominent genre that comes through. The production is fairly low-key and the chorus doesn’t rise to the same heights as many of her most popular previous cuts, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an audience for this latest single. Though she’s primarily known for her Mariah Carey-esque vocals that soar into registers most singers only wish they could hit, few of those recognizable notes are present on “God is a Woman.” Instead, Grande tries something new: she raps.
Grande has released songs with hip-hop features from some of the biggest in the business (Lil Wayne, Future and Nicki Minaj have all joined her on past releases), but this time around, she toggles between rapping and singing all on her own. The presence of both might make the track more appealing to a Top 40 audience that is falling in love with hip-hop more and more each day, and it’s fun to see her going in a different direction and pushing herself after three full-lengths, even if “God is a Woman” doesn’t contain the same hooks or the immediate appeal as, say, “Problem” or “No Tears Left to Cry.”