Finally, A Rihanna We Can Root For!

11 Feb

Forget about “Hard” and “Russian Roulette”, this is the single and video Rihanna should have led off with! The song is definitely more catchy and upbeat.

But the video is the best part. Rihanna breaks from the dark, dominatrix model and goes Africano-Urban-Modern Art. Melina Matsoukas’ fantastic direction harks (some much-needed) comparisons to M.I.A., Santigold and Lady GaGa. I think this is the treatment that will finally let us exhale relief for not having to think about the “Chris Brown Incident” that’s been so prominent before.

“Rude Boy” by Rihanna

(and for comparison’s sake, “Boyz” by M.I.A.)

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