[Listen] A Preview Of Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' Albumby Necole Bitchie, necolebitchie.com
November 7th 2012
It's just 12 more days before Mary Jane Riri drops her new LP, Unapologetic and already her album snippets have made their way online. Judging from the first listen, she successfully infuses Hip Hop, Pop and Dance on the album and it still manages to sound cohesive.
Out of 14 tracks, there are five features that include Eminem, Future, Mikky Ekko, David Guetta and (surprise! surprise!) Chris Brown. The melody and beat on the Chris Brown track actually sound like a 90′s throwback with Rihanna singing, "Ain't nobody's business, just mine and my baby!" I can imagine they jumped in the studio and made this track around the time that Rihanna was spotted in various New York City nightspots cuddled up with Chris.
The album starts off with "Fresh Off The Runway" which has a beat similar to Nicki Minaj's "HOV Lane". On the track, Rihanna lets out her inner ratchet while singing lyrics like, "I bet you n-ggas gonna be like 'B-tch this my f-cking song' and 'Now I'm standing in the bank line throwing up my gang signs." Another Hip Hop highlight and a guaranteed smash in the clubs will be the song, "Pour it up" which has a beat similar to Juicy J's "Bands a Make Her Dance." On the track, Rihanna sings: "Valet cost a hundred bills, (still got more money), golds all up in my grill (still got more money), who cares how you haters feel (still got more money), call Jay up and close a deal ( still got more money) [...] All I see is signs, all I see is dollar signs. Money on my mind." Folks are gonna be in the club with their drinks up, losing their mind to this one. Guaranteed.
Of course, a Rihanna album isn't a Rihanna album without some pop tracks and those highlights come from the songs, "What Now", "Diamonds" and "Stay," which is a beautiful duet with Nashville musician Mikky Ekko. There's also the reggae-infused, "No Love Allowed," and a track titled, "Love Without Tragedy," which revolves around her relationship with Chris Brown. On that record, she sings, "Who knew because of this one drive, injured us fatally, You took the best years of my life, I took the best years of your life. What's love without tragedy? Red lipstick, rose petals, heartbreaks I was his Marilyn Monroe."
Peep the tracklisting and take a test drive below:
1. Fresh Off The Runway
3. Numb (Feat. Eminem)
4. Pour It Up
5. Loveeeeeee Song (Feat. Future)
7. Right Now (Feat. David Guetta)
8. What Now
9. Stay (Feat. Mikky Ekko)
10. Nobody's Business (Feat. Chris Brown)
11. Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary
12. Get It Over With
13. No Love Allowed
14. Lost In Paradise
15. Half Of Me
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