A girl like me: how Rihanna put her sound in motion


When you look at RihannaIn the path of your career, most people point to their first single of 2005, “Pon De Replay”, or their international success, 2007, “Umbrella”, as your starting point. But it was his second album, A Girl Like Me, which launched the future of Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

the Dance (living room “Chune” ‘Pon De Replay’ showed the ability of the icon Down to combine their musical roots native with a commercial appeal; but at the beginning of his career often unjustly pigeonholed by critics. However, while ‘Umbrella’ was found by reaching new heights as a superstar that turned bad, their two previous albums often overlooked.

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A Girl Like Me started with a successful radio that sampled Cell softCover of synth-pop 1981 Gloria Jones’Soul northern hit‘Love rotten’. “SOS” – and its respective hook “la la la” – reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Dance Songs. This followed very well the unexpected success of “Pon De Replay”, continuing the experimentation of gender of Rihanna.

More than your average of 18 years

Launched on 10 April 2006, A Girl Like Me showed you the star of Def Jam and Jay Z The ward was more than an average boy of 18 years. At the time of its launch, she had already adopted the nickname of a single name (a true sign of divadom), and could get two Top 10 singles more on the back of “SOS”.

The first of these was the “Unfaithful” inspired in Evanescence, a ballad dark for piano that begins with an opener of “story of my life” which manifests itself in a story of unrequited love written by Ne-Yo and produced by Stargate. The second, “Break It Off”, was a success of dancehall that recalled the riddles of their debut album, Music Of The Sun, and featured Sean Paul. The third single from A Girl Like Me, “We Ride”, brings the spirit of soul, hip-hop focused on 90’s to mid 00s. Although the song did not get the same commercial success that its predecessors are immediate, your fanatical unconditional still considered a favourite of cult unappreciated.

Out of these singles, listeners can experience the indications more true of the musical personality of pop-Rihanna. Although his album follow-up would start the Good girl gone bad stage, songs like “Selfish Girl” exposed his nature “by any means necessary”. Hidden under a bubbling array of pop and reggae, “Selfish Girl” implies that Rihanna is willing to venture to the dark side if it means pleasing his lover. It is the underlying premise of A Girl Like Me. If the album does not reach as far as the whips and chains of “S&M”, it is certainly an indicator of what was to come.

Placing the template for the cultural domain

While his next album, Good Girl Gone Bad, was simple in its degree, A Girl Like Me walks the thin line between sexuality and open the pop-friendly radio, as evidenced in the trip rocker ‘Kisses Don’t Lie’. The album strikes a perfect balance between the successes of creation of stars that would boost to Rihanna to stardom and his own musical identity, inspired by their native roots and his personal art. For each ballad pop and R&B in the disc, there is an equal amount of tracks dancehall and soca.

Rihanna was not the first artist to incorporate the slang patois to pop music. All from Bob Marley By Shabba Ranks and Sean Paul what they had been doing for years. But Rihanna was definitely one of the first female artists in solo to do on a large scale, speaking to a whole generation in the process. From ‘Dem Haters’ (with Dwayne Husbands, a native of Barbados) up to ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ (which follows the signals of Marley, Barrington Levy, and Dawn Penn), Rihanna wears proudly its influences on its sleeve and puts the focus on the Caribbean music.

A Girl Like Me not only introduced the world to a force pop-up pop-up to take into account, but to an artist serious about their craft, setting the template for its cultural domain complete in the near future.

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