This is the new video for Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds.” Full disclosure. I’m more of an Elvis girl than a Beatles girl. I like a few of Kanye’s songs, and I adore Rihanna’s music. A good chunk of yesterday was spent dancing to “Pon de Replay” on repeat, and I’ve been looking forward to some new material after Rih took a year off. This song is the debut single from her as-yet-unnamed 8th LP. Perhaps I’m uncultured, but this song disappoints. The video? It’s pretty stellar on mute. The cinematography is simple yet arresting, and ol’ Yeezus did the styling (per Rolling Stone): “Kanye came up with the idea of just doing some real street, denim, all-American-type look.” Some would call this video iconic. I’d still like some solo Rihanna magic.
What do you think of the song? It’s unlike anything we’ve heard from Rihanna. Kanye is rather experimental for a rapper, and his music is best considered when completely disregarding the Kardashian Klan. This single does the bare minimum to please casual listeners of any of these three artists. Tell me I’m wrong, please. My inner jury is still out. Kanye and his video flourishes are almost too much.
Rihanna is still a solid fashion girl, even when she wears the emperor’s Adam Selman. Balmain creative dicrector Olivier Rousteing has declared Rihanna to be his muse and the next Grace Kelly. This is hilarious because Rihanna is a fashionista who can wear almost anything (or nothing at all), but she’ll never have the class of Grace Kelly. You can see a photo of Olivier nuzzling Rihanna at the Mail. This pic is amusing because RiRi is wearing an uninspired Stella McCartney tuxedo jacket as a dress.
Here’s some photos of Rihanna wearing Balmain on previous occasions. Does she qualify as a muse?
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, W magazine & WENN