Almost a year ago, I declared that Rihanna and Chris Brown singing about rough sex on “Birthday Cake” was really uncomfortable considering that, you know, he beat her up in 2009. But I was wrong. You know what really gives us the heebie-jeebies? Listening to RiRi and Breezy croon that they’ll never stop loving each other on their new single, “Nobody’s Business.”
Just a day after Rihanna released the tracklist and informed us that she would be collaborating with her abusive ex/maybe current boyfriend, her new album Unapologetic got leaked. You can listen to the whole thing here; it’s not bad, though I know I’d have to hear each full song before they grow on me. (Also, I have this weird thing where I get into Rihanna’s music like three years after release.) I was underwhelmed by “Numb,” her song with Eminem, and really liked the David Guetta collaboration “Right Now”—but come on, it’s clear which song we’re gonna talk about this morning.
The worst part is, “Nobody’s Business” is kinda catchy. I’m no music expert, but it’s really upbeat (anyone else get a Michael Jackson vibe?) and the lyrics would be really uplifting if Rihanna were singing to anyone but Chris. But unfortunately, the two of them seem determined to prove to the world just how in love they are and how they won’t let anything get in the way. (Rihanna’s bruised and bloodied face being evidence of how Chris deals with people that get in his way.) You can listen below; Chris sings the first part, then it’s Rihanna declaring her love all the way.
Me and you, get it?
Ain’t nobody’s business
Said it, it ain’t nobody’s business
Your love is perfection, please point me in the right direction
I’mma give you all my affection
Every touch becomes infectious
Let’s make out in this lexus
There’s no other love just like this
A life with you I want, then can we become lust persona
You’ll always be the one that I wanna come on to
Boy let me love you and show you how’s spice show you off
I wanna be your baby, you’ll always be my baby
Tell me what you want now
What we want is for you two to stop this vicious cycle! …Oh, you weren’t talking to me? This song just gives me the shudders. I can see why Chris, manipulative bastard that he is, would want to keep shouting his “love” for Rihanna from the rooftops. But it’s so difficult to watch her get lured in time and again, and not stand up for herself when the best thing she could be doing is to cut him out of her life. She was doing so well! She was buying cute baby gifts for Adele‘s son and aligning herself with people who have their shit together!
I wanna be your baby, you’ll always be my baby… Twitch. Part of me is tempted to say we should just let them do their own thing, but I’m really worried about Rihanna, you guys.
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