Rihanna is the baddest.
She could bat her eyelashes with her lids covered in Fenty Beauty or wear your grandma’s kitchen curtains and we’d all be on our knees screaming, “Yassss come thru Rih!” She has a Midas touch, which is why we should not be surprised that whenever she switches it up and decides to rap on a track, it slaps. From deep cuts to exalted singles, Rihanna has explored sounds and flexed her skills. And she hasn’t gone wrong yet.
Rihanna’s been knowing she’s hot for more than a decade — this is not new. On this truthful song, she starts off self-assured and in a slick rap verse, she acknowledges her allure but makes it clear that it’s not for free. Basically, it’s a message to her admirers that showing up empty-handed is not an option.
Sample lyric: “They can say whatever/ I’ma do whatever/ No pain is forever/ Yup ya know this/ Tougher than a lion/ Ain’t no need in trying.”
Rihanna looked rich and sexy in the iconic and goddess-filled video for this song. Even without seeing it, you can imagine her covered in hundred-dollar bills as she utters mini-raps that remind us that she’ll never, ever be broke.
At an “I said what I said!” octave, Rih makes it clear that there are repercussions for anyone who is playing with her money. In a staccato flow, she demands that she’s paid what she’s owed. She also flaunts her worth in the lines, “Turn up to Rihanna while the whole club fucking wasted/ Every time I drop, I am the only thing that’s playin.” True!
Over a spooky MikeWiLL Made-It track, Rihanna details a few of her indulgences. For example, she raps, “Got a turbo Porsche and I don’t even move it.” But as she flexes through braggadocio bars, she warns about the fleeting security of riches and fame.
While Rihanna mostly sings on this salacious bop about her prowess in bed, she goes off on the first verse in a speedy flow that ends with “I’mma get it wet like jacuuuuzzi.”
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