When Rihanna’s passive aggressive “FourFiveSeconds” was released earlier this year she made a point of revealing that she was taking a more serious direction with her upcoming album.
“I’ve made a lot of songs that are really, really big songs,” she told MTV News. “From the jump, they just blow up. And I wanted to kind of get back to — not that they weren’t real music, but I just wanted to focus on things that felt real, that felt soulful, that felt forever. I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years; I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years. Not any songs that were burnt out.”
Weeks later she premiered the very patriotic “American Oxygen” at the March Madness Music Fest in Indianapolis and the video was viewable exclusively on the Tidal music service. Now the clip has been taken from behind the premium wall for all to see, and while we applaud her taking a stance for substantive music we’d be lying if we didn’t say certain elements of the video haven’t usurped our attention. Namely, Rihanna’s two-gun salute. To quote the legendary Melvin Van Peebles in Boomerang, “It’s a nipple, because I’m droolin’…”
F*ck the movie, the USO needs to get RiRi on a real life battleship stat.