Rihanna covers the February issue of Complex magazine with seven different covers (all featured here) that represent each of her seven albums. Her latest effort, of course, is represented by the Unapologetic cover shown above, and I think all of these different covers accurately represent RiRi’s various trashy sides. As always, Rihanna has been tweeting up a storm, and on Sunday evening, she posted a photo to Instagram that reads, “Tonight’s Goal = Black Out.” How charming.
While the Complex photoshoot is nothng out of the ordinary for Rihanna, the interview does drop a few tidbits that we haven’t heard before. Obviously, it’s an attitude-laden talk because the journalist has the audacity (yay!) to ask Rihanna why she’s so “unapologetic” and why she and Chris named their new song “Nobodies Business” when they so obviously want to put their business out there for all to see. Oh, and Rihanna also explains why she’s so obsessed with posting photos of herself on the internet. Here are some excerpts:
On the perfect Instagram photo: “Get a good light. Get a good angle on what’s working for you that day. If it’s boobs, make sure you hit that. If it’s face, make sure it’s fierce. It’s narcissistic, but whatever–everyone does it. I’m capturing personality… Everybody has their thing they like or don’t like to see. It’s all in your head. That’s why people take their own pictures, because it’s difficult for someone else to capture what you seek.”
On media perception: “People take the little bit of information they’re fed, and they draw a picture of who you are. Most of the time it’s wrong.”
On being part of Team Breezy: “We don’t start the trouble, but that’s how we’re defending ourselves–by saying some slick sh-t. That’s how I’ve always been. I was so rude when I was a little girl. I got my ass beat by my mother for that. Most of the time it was because of my mouth.”
On why she is Unapologetic: “When I was making this record I had no intention except the truth. So whatever is there is real. It’s raw. That’s why the album is called Unapologetic. I held back before. I didn’t show a lot of myself. I was very guarded. I needed to be open and free and fearless. Basically say, ‘F**k it.’ What’s the worst that can happen? They’ll hate me? They’ve done that before.”
On her & Brown’s duet, “Nobodies Business”: “It’s nobody’s business,” she says flatly. [Journo repeats his inquiry.] Her voice, usually warm and cut with chuckles, turns cold. “Pardon me?” she replies, her eyebrow slightly raised. Even after the question is repeated, she hesitates to answer. The hands that moved up and down throughout the conversation, suddenly fall flat. “It’s the truth. Remember? You’re still asking me questions about it so clearly you don’t know.”
Rihanna just doesn’t get it, does she? She puts all this personal information out there about her and Chris and tweets ridiculous photos of them in intimate poses, yet she becomes defensive when a journalist asks why they named their song “Nobodies Business.” It’s so ridiculous. And of course she counts herself among Team Breezy.
Photos courtesy of Complex magazine