Rihanna Premieres Politically Charged Video For “American Oxygen”: Watch

Bradley Stern | April 6, 2015 1:03 pm
Rihanna Debuts "American Oxygen" At March Madness
Rihanna debuted a new song while performing at the March Madness Music Festival.

Brace yourselves for another TIDAL exclusive. (Oh.)

Yesterday, Rihanna premiered the full studio version of her Alex Da Kid-produced “American Oxygen,” a striding, American Dream-themed anthem presumably featured on her upcoming album, which has come to be dubbed #R8. And today, she’s just premiered the accompanying music video on TIDAL.

The montage-filled clip includes clips from Ferguson and Black Lives Matter protests, as well as vintage civil rights footage, all combined to make one striking statement about the ongoing fight for equality in America. (The “I Can’t Breathe” signs give a whole new possible meaning to “American Oxygen,” no?) The song is strikingly different from the hard-edged brag attack of “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and also very different from the stripped-down “FourFiveSeconds” with Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Who knows which way Rihanna is taking this era next?

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