Unapologetic (Deluxe Version)


Jul 04, 2019

Rihanna’s Album Unapologetic Shifted her Musical Direction Up Like None of Her Albums Had Before

With Unapologetic Rihanna really put a good, well-crafted album together from up-pace to down-pace and I feel with this album she really proved herself as an Artist that is here to push things to new levels, although with albums before like A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad, and Loud, I’m not signifying they didn’t feel thoroughly developed either way by. The amazing Unapologetic Queen, I seriously just loved this album as I was invited by her team to Jay-Z's 40/40 Club for the Album Party in New York City. I was still a newbie in NYC so it was such a huge experience and I just remember hugging her by the end of the night after her security guards had hemmed me up to a corner so she could walk pass as everyone that was at the club had mostly left by that time and it was just a few of us still chilling at the bar. I said to Rihanna "I Love you Baby," all super sensual and if I was white my face would've probably been bloodshot red. Rihanna shrugged her head back in such a familiar way if you'd seen it, kind of "yea right" looking or "ha, look at you" but still flirty and yes for me it felt a little romantic, I couldn't stop thinking about her for days. The first thing that I loved about this era was that there was a symbolic 7 that was marked all around it making it such a significant number at the time that it truly always keep my mind wondering and churning. Rihanna won a Grammy for ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ for this album in 2014 and it was her first mega successful album to do something like having a best-selling debut week and a number one album. Rihanna definitely enlisted a powerhouse of producers for this project including Labrinth, David Guetta, The Dream, Mike Will Made-It, Parker Ighile, and StarGate. One thing that also really inspired me about this album was the 777 Tour that Rihanna embarked on where she took 150 journalists to promote her seventh studio album by giving their personal experiences of what it was like to travel with the mega star we know as Rihanna and also giving their experiences on the challenges that they witnessed going on behind the scenes first hand. Like the continuation of flights, and having to carry around all that luggage everywhere, the journalists even gave what they thought about her shows she did on her tour stops and how she performed in them. Rihanna pulled through in the documentary that aired and gave a window inside the experience, as you could see how the tour stops wore everyone’s energy out and they didn’t have ideal things like beds to sleep in but definitely had plenty of liquor and Rihanna would be the one having to go on stage and still sing and perform entertaining everyone. I don’t think she would drink until after the performances but all in all it really gave an additional spirit to the album Unapologetic.

Written by @cbenson from Cyclolore
Jun 28, 2019

Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’ Could Be The Perfect and Ideal Appetizer Preceding ANTI’s Follow-Up Album.

Rihanna has a lot of albums under her belt and that’s one thing we have to keep in mind as she killing the absolute shit out of the Beauty/Fashion world as an entrepreneur. Before she was the Richest Musician making music today she released Rated R in such a highly anticipated moment as everyone, including myself, was so on the edge of our seats to hear what she would be saying in the music and how she would perform within the album. Rated R definitely is the only album I would dare say is better than her best yet. I didn’t know she was this kind of artist one that wasn’t afraid to cut her hair to such an edgy degree in various iconic styles, pushing boundaries, bossing up. and never knew that a female could be so rockstar hard yet so pretty and girly. Now looking at Rihanna at her achievement level versus the escalation in the music world due to many elements like technology, social connectivity, new viral/ or talented artist etc, where Rihanna has reached now seems to reverberate frequencies from and to Rated R. Could this be something that I’m just wishing no, but I’m completely aware of the atmosphere in music scene right now and it reminds me of this wave in a way that does a lot of the prep talking for a Rihanna comeback. In the song “Hard,” which featured Jeezy she sings “They can say whatever, I’ma do whatever, no pain is forever, yup you know this. Tougher than a lion, ain’t no need in trying, I live where the sky is, yup you know this.” where she continues to “and my runway never looked so clear, but the hottest bitch in heels right here. No fear and why you getting your cry on, I’m getting my fly on. Sincere, I see you aiming at my pedestal, I betta let ya’ know, that I, I, I, I’m so hard (so hard) ah yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Written by @cbenson from Cyclolore
Jun 28, 2019

Rihanna’s Anti Is Strong in Vocal Work But Like Most of Her Albums, Lack the Cohesion That Makes An Album A Great One

When I heard Rihanna’s “Work”, I was quite excited to hear the album that went with it. It was already her eighth studio offering, and at that point in her career, Rihanna was and still is considered one of the top female artists of all time. However, I admit I was a bit disappointed with her album Anti. I checked the writing and producing credits of most of the songs here and it showed a high level of involvement from Rihanna herself. I daresay though that even with more involvement from her side, she cannot still properly articulate the direction that her record wants to take. So, although the album has some great standalone tracks, the end product is like most of her albums, a hodgepodge of different musical styles, some of them interesting, some of them, you wonder, why there got approved in the first place. Anyway, Anti was still a successful album, producing three more US top 10 hits including another #1 song for her in “Work”. Also, I did enjoy her vocals this time, as she was trying different ways of showing off the songs she chose for this album. So, although my sonic journey through her album has its peaks and valleys, I still get great satisfaction from her vocals – which I think, is still her greatest asset. If only she finds THAT producer who can help her coalesce her targeted themes and musical tastes, because I know she can do it, being successful in the business for more than a decade now. I heard her next album is veering back to reggae. That would be an interesting album to check as she goes back to her roots. For now, I will talk about the songs I enjoyed here in Anti.

Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity
Jun 14, 2019

The Unapologetic Queen Strikes Again With A Statement Album

Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty signed to Def Jam records at 16 by rapper Jay-Z who recognised her talent after she auditioned for himself and LA Reed. The sex and style Icon has won 9 Grammys, 13 American Music Awards and 12 Bilboard Music Awards. She has had several no 1 hits since she stepped on the music scene in 2005. Her eighth studio album, ANTI was released on the 28th of January, 2016. The album name ANTI represents everything the singer is known for, breaking the rules and taking her freedom into her own hands. The superstar boldly expresses herself and pushing the boundaries in fashion and music. She experimented with more genres on this album by deviating from the club and dance music she is primarily known for to R&B, Hip Hop, soul, dancehall and pop. She worked with producers like Timberland, DJ Mustard, Hit-Boy, Brian Kennedy, No I.D and Kuk Harrell who produced her vocals. She also featured Drake and SZA on the album. Though the album was released in 2016, the singer first announced the release of her album in 2014. During her creative block she rented a house in Malibu where she wrote and composed most of the songs on the album with a team of musicians. Fans waited in anticipation for almost three years despite the repeated delays and lack of concrete information about the release date. This is the longest break Rihanna has taken between albums in her career and the break proved to be quite beneficial to her. It was obvious she took her time to make quality music, though she did not disappear from the limelight. She released three singles that performed well on the charts in 2015 including “FourFiveSeconds” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. The carefree island girl was not too shy to let the world how good she is in bed on the song “Sex With Me”. She sings “Sex with me, so amazing, all this all work, no vacation…….I know, I know, I make it hard to let go”. Though she loves to have fun in the bedroom she still commands respect. On “Needed Me” she sings “You was just another nigga on the hit list, tryna fix your inner issues with a bad bitch, didn't they tell you that I was a savage, fuck your white horse and a carriage”. She is not afraid to put a man who is trying to use her in his place and she shows she is not impressed by his saviour complex,claiming he needs her instead of the other way around. The song has a sexy psychedelic feel to it and the video shows Rihanna walking with a pistol in her hand, through a strip club. “Needed me” was nominated for Best R&B performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.She fully unleashed her inner bad girl, on the album. The arrangement of the songs on the album was so good, the songs seemed to flow seamlessly into each other.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension

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