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Rihanna raps on NERD's comeback single

Rihanna raps on NERD's comeback single
From BBC - November 1, 2017

Rihanna may not have released an album this year, but she's never been bigger.

Wild Thoughts, her collaboration with DJ Khaled, was one of the songs of the summer; while her new beauty line was valued at $72m in the space of a month.

Her costume for the Crop Over festival in Barbados almost broke the internet; and she's taken a starring role in the all-female reboot of Ocean's Eleven.

Now she's delivered one of the performances of her career on NERD's comeback single, Lemon.

It's the first new music from Pharrell Williams' band since 2010, and it features a fierce rap from the Bajan star, who boasts: "I get it how I live it / I live it how I get it".

And, in what could be a reference to Beyonce's hit album Lemonade, she adds: "I pull up with a lemon... your eyes get acidic".

Throughout the song, Pharrell's production is brutally minimalistic - but the sparse electro-hip-hop beat gives Rihanna plenty of space to exploit her "Bad Girl" persona.

"This beat tastes like lunch," she exclaims, perplexingly, towards the end of her verse.

Not for the first time, Rihanna's vocal prompts a re-evaluation of her as a performer (See also: Her stunning rendition of Love On The Brain at last year's Billboard Music Awards).

Although she has toyed with rap in the past - notably on the censor-baiting single Better Have My Money and Kendrick Lamar's track Loyalty - she's tended to sing-speak her contributions rather than compete with collaborators like Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z.

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