When Rihanna comes back with new music, we start planning our club nights because we know we’ll be dancing to the Barbados singer’s sound, and she is aware of it. For nearly a decade, Riri has released countless of club bangers. From her very first hit “Pon de Replay” to the infectious “We Found Love,” Rihanna is the queen of dance floor hits. She however surprises us, once in a while, with some ballads like “Unfaithful” and “Stay,” but the biggest surprise yet is her latest sound and style in “FourFiveSeconds,” an acoustic song featuring Paul McCartney and Kanye West.
Rihanna recently stated in an interview with MTV that she wanted to make music that was “timeless.” It’s hard to tell if “FourFiveSeconds” is “timeless,” and yet even her newest single “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Now this one sounds more like Riri: an upbeat trap song produced by Deputy and Kanye. Rihanna performed it for the first time during the iHeartRadio Awards, and it was flawless. What is different with “BBHMM” is that Rihanna sounds angry: “Every time I drive by, I’m the only thing you’re playing,” she sings on the track. You can tell she’s sick of being taken for granted.
“BBHMM” seems to be the singer’s version of Beyoncé‘s “Flawless,” yet they are completely different. Beyoncé is in fact the superstar everyone is blinded by. The media portrays her as classy, talented, and hard-working, while Rihanna’s trashy and should supposedly take notes from Jay Z‘s wife. However, “Flawless” splits the latter’s personality in two. She is indeed cocky and demands bitches to bow down to her. She’s not the humble pop star giving an interview and talking about how much she loves motherhood. On the contrary, she tries too hard to have the Rihanna attitude. It makes it difficult for us to relate to her, even with the addition of Chimamanda Adichie’s feminist speech. Beyoncé being a feminist feels fake at some point. She might truly be a feminist, but “Flawless” makes it seem like she’s not authentic.
On the other side, Rihanna doesn’t affirm to be a feminist, nor does she ask bitches to bow down to her. Even when she claims that she deserves the money she’s making. She actually demands respect. She wants to be taken seriously. Just like Queen B. But Rihanna, let me tell you something: calling people by “bitch” won’t give you much, neither to you Bey.
“BBHMM” and “Flawless” are both catchy songs with poorly written lyrics, but as “Flawless” became popular with its “I woke up like this” lyric, so will “BBHMM” have its own fame with “Like brrap, brrap, brapp!” Beyoncé, please tell me you can beat that. Can you?