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1 February 2016, 16:03
These lyrics are out of control.
It's been three whole days since the apocalypse. We've only just started venturing out of our cave, trying to make sense of what happened and how to move forward. One thing is for certain: it's a brave new world filled with sex jams, weed bangers and glitter sh*ts.
We are, of course, talking about the release of Anti. Aside from the accidental leak and the Tidal exclusive, the release was welcomed like a child seeing it's mother again after getting lost in the supermarket. That's to say, we really f*cking missed her.
The reviews are in and, on the whole, they've been positive. Most have agreed this is Rihanna's best album so far. Gone are the immaculate bangers, replaced with a new rawness. Musically, it's far more adventurous than anything she's done before.
That's not to say Rihanna's lost any of her sass. She's still the baddest gal around town. And if we dig a little deeper at the lyrics, Rihanna still has the ability to surprise, shock and stun with one liners. We've picked a few of our favourites to show you what we're talking about.
They say you can't polish a turd but Rihanna can make it glittery, which is obviously great news for everyone. In the context of the song, "Consideration", she's suggesting she can turn anything into a hit record. Which she almost definitely true. I guess the saying should be 'You can't polish a turd, unless you're Rihanna'.
We're willing to admit that we don't understand a large percentage of "Work", largely thanks to Rihanna's heavy Bajan accent and her laissez-faire attitude toward pronouncing all the syllables of a word. But it doesn't take a genius to figure out that this is a sex jam. Sure, the lyrics might have you aggressively throwing poetry anthologies at your laptop, but you you might wanna add this to your 'late night' playlist anyway.
The word 'savage' really jumped out at us on "Needed Me". Rihanna's been playing with the bad girl image for some time (Good Girl Gone Bad being a classic example) but here she goes even further, taking the 'female empowerment anthem' into much rawer territory. We're willing to wager a bet that describing yourself as 'savage' will be the 'ratchet' of 2016.
We always appreciate the inventive ways artists describe getting laid but asking a lover to 'homicide it' might be one of the most disturbing of them all. On "Yeah, I Said It", like "Needed Me", Rihanna is talking about female empowerment and sexual liberation in the kind of extreme language which will keep music journalists busy with think-pieces for weeks to come. Less certain if 'homicide it' will catch on as a catchphrase though.
We love this line about being drunk and calling a crush. It's tempting to think of Rihanna as a deity from Planet Perfection who can get any guy (or girl) she likes. On "Higher", Rihanna paints herself as a chain-smoking, overly-emotional, loud-mouth drunk, just like the rest of us mere mortals.
We're just happy to see a porridge reference in a Rihanna song tbh. Also, shout out to the person who described "Pose" on Genius as a "ratchet pussy poppin' anthem". We couldn't have put it better ourselves.
What are the things she can't mention? A generous pension? A wet Alsatian? Self-immolation? Who knows! But "Sex With Me" closes the extended version of Anti in suitably ludicrous lyrical style. Rihanna has more bravado than any male rapper in the game. Lines like these only serve to solidify her OG status.