The year 2016 seems to be the one when Barbados-based RnB singer Rihanna achieves success and also shocks the world in the process. After her single "Work," with its explicit video, overtook The Beatles Billboard Hot 100 chart record recently, the singer released a raunchier music video of "Needed Me" on Wednesday. The song is from "Anti," her eighth studio album that released earlier this year.
Sonically, "Needed Me" is a downtempo track that takes influences from electro-pop and RnB and blends it with heavy synth layers and Rihanna's casual and smoky vocal lines. The song was written and arranged by Rihanna along with Brittany Hazard, A Sneed, Alicia Reneé, Charles Hinshaw, Derrus Rachel, DJ Mustard, Twice as Nice and Frank Dukes.
The music video was directed by filmmaker Harmony Korine of "Spring Breakers" fame. It is a violent video that portrays a gutsy Miami scenario where gun-carrying, bike-riding characters rule the area. Rihanna plays the part of an anti-hero who shoots one of the gangsters in a storyline similar to that of "Spring Breakers."
When you try to view the video on YouTube, the streaming site issues a warning saying, "This video may be inappropriate for some users." This warning is quite natural as not only does the video contain explicit language, but it also has Rihanna wearing almost see-through clothes. The singer's music video for "Work" also had similar scenario where she danced suggestively for rapper Drake.
This, however, is not the first time Rihanna has opted for something raunchy. The "We Found Love" hitmaker is known for posting suggestive images of herself on social media and also her revealing red carpet dresses and for appearing on magazine covers in her birthday suit.