the internet has been flooded with thinkpieces on rihanna’s “bitch betta have my money” aligning it with black female empowerment and reparations. anyone that grew up listening to lil kim or trina knows that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. #bbhmm is nothing but the 2015 version of kim’s verse on “get money (remix)” or trina’s “money aint a problem”. i’m going on a tangent, but the point is websites wasted alot of time and thought for something so paltry when rihanna just dropped on of the most important videos we’ll see this year.
last week, rihanna released the official visual for single two from #8 on #TidalForYall called “american oxygen”. she premiered it live at the march madness special performance she did just a few days before. i didn’t learn our national anthem until i was about 11 years old, so that should let you know my stance on patriotism. i obviously wasn’t sold and wrote it off as a song that middle america could shine their guns to. thanks to the internet pirates, i was able to see the video on youtube minutes after it’s tidal release and it felt like a punch to the gut.
rihanna really went there.
the visuals interspersed throughout are tragedies in history, mainly inflicted upon others by america, and more specifically racism against blacks. hearing rihanna singing “breathe in, breathe out” while staring at an “i can’t breathe” poster was just…
for all of the sites that posted the vid, i thought that more would be said about how politically charged the video is and speak to rihanna becoming a quiet assassin in liberating women and edifying black people the last few years,
alas….i i guess that won’t get a site any clicks, huh?