Did Rihanna plagiarize her ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ song?

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The title of this post is somewhat misleading because Rihanna doesn’t write most of her songs. She claims occasional co-writing credit, but she’s usually the voice and face for other people’s lyrics, which is fine. Rihanna’s doing well for herself and bringing in money regardless (although other disgruntled artists have tossed shade about her not being a real “artist“). Rih’s latest single, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” was written by Bibi Bourelly. Kanye West helped produce.

About a week ago, Rihanna dressed up like a Muppet to perform the song at the iHeartRadio awards. “BBHMM” has created an enormous amount of dialogue for what could be considered a simple club tune. Rihanna pranked Jimmy Kimmel (by waking him up on April Fool’s Day) and said her video will explain the meaning of the song. Vulture described it as “a slice of rachet heaven.” Lainey called it an “equality anthem“. A columnist (and Yale grad student) named Barbara Sostaita at HuffPo wonders if it’s a call for reparations that carries far-reaching implications. All of these theories are interesting to consider.

There’s more scrutiny, some of the not-so-positive variety. Some people wonder if Rihanna (by way of songwriter Bourelly) plagiarized this catchy tune. Fans of rapper Just Brittany noticed that Rih’s song sounds a lot like JB’s 2014 “Betta Have My Money.” Brittany’s song can be heard here; and for comparison’s sake, Rihanna’s song is here. Both songs reportedly took inspiration from a monologue by Fly Guy from the I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (a blaxploitation parody film). The similarities between Rihanna and Just Brittany’s songs are undeniable. But as Styleite notes, AMG, Drake, and Tyga have all sang or rapped similar lyrics that reference the same movie. So did Rihanna’s songwriter plagiarize, or are all of these songs simply paying homage to the same source?

Here are photos of Rihanna looking gorgeous during her Kimmel visit last Friday.

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Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN

 

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17 Responses to “Did Rihanna plagiarize her ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ song?”

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  1. Sarah says:

    Saw her in Indianapolis Saturday night. That song is meh to me (I’m certainly not in the demographic for it – was there taking my 14 year old son), but the crowd seemed to love it.

  2. savu says:

    I’m so sick of everybody sampling each other, especially the same thing. But whatever, I won’t hate on Rih for it when it seems like it’s everywhere. Meanwhile WILL SHE EVER STOP BEING SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL

  3. Dawn says:

    Didn’t KW produce it? I am sure he more than likely “sampled” the lyrics from someone else. I heard the song is really bad for the most part from people who do like that music. I don’t so I can only go by their opinion.

  4. ANNE says:

    Rih is just a marketing product. If that Britanny wants to blame someone, then she should blame the songwriter.

  5. Talie says:

    It’s not just the lyrics, the sound is quite similar too.

  6. Allison says:

    Yeah, lyrics are one thing, but the Ri’s song has the same type of intro, same flow of lyrics and chorus and breaks. It’s beyond a lyrics copy and definitely a style copy. Bad Yeesus. Bad bad Yeesus.

  7. Dani says:

    Both songs are equally terrible.

  8. FingerBinger says:

    This song is not about reparations. It’s not that deep.

  9. Dena says:

    It’s actually older than that. I can remember the DJ playing a song with the lyrics “b*txh better have my money” back in 1996.

  10. Kim1 says:

    AMG put out Bitch Betta Have My Money in 1991 so if they got clearance from AMG than Just Britany needs to have a seat before she gets sued

  11. Amy says:

    The song is 50% there. It’s one of those songs that could have been a banger but it’s lacking that special something that would have taken it to a new level.

    It doesn’t help that Rihanna’s exposing the weakness in her voice lately (this and 4-5 Seconds really made me hear what people mean when they say she sounds like a goat bleating) and sounding so whiny while promising “Your wife in the backseat of my brand new foreign car”.

    That it’s copied THAT much: lyrics, beat, rhythm and produced by Yeezy doesn’t surprise me. He’s been on a sharp decline recently.

  12. Tessy says:

    I don’t know how anyone could ever tell if it copied another song or not, that music all sounds the same to me. Now I sound like my father.

  13. TOPgirl says:

    Brittany sounds way better.