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Rihanna reveals new album: ANTI

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The wait is ova! R8 is here and it’s titled ANTI.

In a recent exhibition at the MAMA Gallery in Los Angeles, Rihanna and contemporary artist Roy Nachum have unveiled seven original oil paintings that will be used as the official artwork for her forthcoming eighth studio album titled ANTI.

“A person opposed to a particular policy, activity or idea.

In her collaboration with Roy Nachum, Rihanna has changed the history of album art. By continuing to follow her instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects.”

Included in these seven paintings is the album cover, which depicts a young girl with a gold crown covering her eyes, and a black balloon strung tightly to her wrist, painted in multiple, intersecting views.

The back cover features an oil painting of the same young girl seen from behind.  Both paintings are cleverly inscribed with sculpted Braille poetry by Chloe Mitchel that spreads between the front and the back cover of the album.

Additional paintings featured as inside album artwork include poetry sculpted in Braille by Roy Nachum.  This is the first time an album has ever incorporated physical Braille.  The Braille inscription will also allow people who are blind to experience an entire album by touch.

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 Full descriptions for paintings are listed below. More details and photos coming soon…

1. “IF THEY LET US”
Poster Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Convas
100 x 87 inches / 254 x 221 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.

It is simply because what I want to say,

what I need to say, won’t be heard.

Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.

What I choose to say is of so much substance

That people just won’t understand the depth of my message.

So my voice is not my weakness,

It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.

My voice is my suit and armor,

My shield, and all that I am.

I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.

I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.

The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom

That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.

I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.

So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.

If they let us…

2. “IF THEY LET US Part I”
Front Cover Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Canvas
51 x 45 inches / 130 x 114 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.

It is simply because what I want to say,

what I need to say, won’t be heard.

Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.

What I choose to say is of so much substance

That people just won’t understand the depth of my message.

So my voice is not my weakness,

It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.

3. “IF THEY LET US Part II”
Back Cover Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Canvas
51 x 45 inches / 130 x 114 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

My voice is my suit and armor,

My shield, and all that I am.

I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.

I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.

The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom

That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.

I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.

So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.

If they let us…

4. “FIRE Part I”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas
46 x 38 inches  117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

Falling fast backwards into deep water.

As my eyes opened I knew that I was naked.

Floating on the waters surface.

Alone with the reflections of myself.

5. “FIRE Part II”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas

46 x 38 inches / 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

My face in deep shadows.

Dreams and ideas beyond limits.

The future is all I have to look forward to.

I turn myself inside out.

Only then am I whole.

6. “FIRE Part III”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas

46 x 38 inches / 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

Clouds replace the sunlight.

Expanding into the darkness.

The shoreline covered with night.

Backward strokes,

Deep breaths, salt air.

7. “R‎”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil On Canvas
90 x 7o inches / 229 x 178 cm

More to come…

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Rihanna releases “Consideration (Dance Remixes)”

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The ANTI era isn’t over yet. New remixes for “Consideration ft. SZA” are out now! Listen on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music.

Tracklisting:

  1. MK
  2. Dirty South
  3. Mangal Suvarnan
  4. James Carter
  5. Will Clarke
  6. Stafford Brothers

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New Music: N*E*R*D feat. Rihanna – Lemon

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N*E*R*D is back and for their first comeback single they invited Rihanna! Check out the brand new track called “Lemon” where we can hear Rihanna…rapping! Welcome the new Queen of Rap everyone!

 

Listen on Tidal | Spotify | iTunes

 

LYRICS

[Intro: Pharrell Williams]
The truth will set you free
But first, it’ll piss you off

[Verse 1: Pharrell Williams]
Hey! Bad bitches wanna be my bae
Hey! Hold me down like the C.I.A
Hey! Side of my car, tryna see my face
Hey! Want me to beat it like the T.I. case
Oh (hey!) and if it’s heated I’ma be my face
Hey! And best believe, it’s gon’ be outrageous
Hey! Hatin’ niggas can’t believe my race
Hey! Niggas hit you with the Eli face, oh

[Refrain: Pharrell Williams]
Bouncin’ around, bouncin’ around, bouncin’
Bouncin’ around, bouncin’ around, bouncin’
Scrunchin’ their eyes with your name in their mouth and
Bouncin’ around, bouncin’ around, bouncin’

[Verse 2: Pharrell Williams]
Hey! You keep askin’ me where I’m from
Hey! I brought the borders and did I run?
Hey! Keep askin’ how I feel ’bout guns
Hey! It’s a light and dark army, which side you choose? Oh
Hey! If not now then when?
Hey! And if not me then who?
Hey! Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, my friends
Hey! I tried to tell y’all about this dude

[Refrain: Pharrell Williams]
Bouncin’ around, bouncin’ around, bouncin’
Bouncin’ around, bouncin’ around, bouncin’
Hate [?] found right in their couches
Bouncin’ around, bouncin’ around, bouncin’

Wait, wait a minute
Shout out to them people, people
Wait, wait a minute
P-p-p-people, people
Wait, wait a minute
Mad ethnic right now

[Chorus: Rihanna]
I get it how I live it
I live it how I get
Count the mothafuckin’ digits
I pull up with a lemon
Not ’cause she ain’t livin’
It’s just your eyes get acidic
And this here ain’t a scrimmage
Mothafucka, we ain’t finished
I told you we won’t stop
A nigga ’bout his business
Like yours, but you rented
Wave hello to the top
Nigga the Veyron glide
Tell the paparazzi get the lens right
Got the window down, top, blowin’ la
Got the hazard on, only doin’ five
You can catch me, Rih, in the new La Ferrar’

[Verse 3: Rihanna]
And the drop behind got arms
Yeah, longer than LeBron
Just waitin’ for my thumb like The Fonz
Woo! This beat tastes like lunch
But it’s runnin’ from veneers and it’s runnin’ from the fronts
But everyday, hey, we’re lemonade
I was afraid, once a nigga graduate
Would I be okay?
So I prayed and I prayed
It’s Rihanna, nigga
My constellation in space
Worst [?], done sparked dem chase, nigga

[Bridge: Pharrell Williams]
Nigga, bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face
Bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face
Bath, bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face
Bath, bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face
Bath, bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face
Bath, bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face
Bath, bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face
Bath, bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face
Bath, bath salt, bitin’ speakers in the face

[Chorus: Pharrell Williams]
I get it how I live it
I live it how I get
Count the mothafuckin’ digits
I pull up with a lemon
Not ’cause he ain’t livin’
It’s just your eyes get acidic
And this here ain’t a scrimmage
Mothafucka, we ain’t finished
I told you we won’t stop
A nigga ’bout his business
Like yours, but you rented
Wave hello to the top
Nigga the Veyron glide
Tell the paparazzi get the lens right
Got the window down, top, blowin’ la
Got the hazard on, only doin’ five
You can catch me…

[Refrain: Pharrell Williams]
Bouncin’ around, bouncin’ around, bouncin’

[Outro: Pharrell Williams]
You can catch me
Wait, wait a minute
Wait, wait a minute
Wait, wait a minute
Wait, wait a minute
Wait, wait a minute
Wait, wait a minute
Wait, wait a minute
Wait, wait a minute

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Watch DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller’s Video for New Song “Wild Thoughts”

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DJ Khaled has shared his video for “Wild Thoughts”— his new, Santana-sampling single featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller and co-written by PARTYNEXTDOOR. The song is from Khaled’s Grateful album, out June 23. The Colin Tilley-directed video follows Rihanna and Khaled walking through a marketplace filled with dancers. Check it out below.

Hit of the Summer 2017 here we come!

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