Monday, January 26, 2015

Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney: "FourFiveSeconds"

Well, this is a surprise in just about every way.

Rihanna released long-anticipated new music over the weekend and not only was the single itself a surprise, but the collaboration credits (Paul McCartney and Kanye West) and style (acoustic) were also out of left field.

The song, almost rootsy in all of its stripped-down, drumless glory, is a vocal back-and-forth between a raspy Ri-Ri and crooning Kanye that's carried along by McCartney's sunny strums. Coming two weeks after Yeezy released his own slowdown single with the old Beatle, "FourFiveSeconds" is said to appear on both Rihanna and Kanye's forthcoming albums. If things continue on this path, we might be in for a longer cue of mellow, uncharacteristic sounds assembled by two of pop and hip-hop's reigning controversy-stirrers, and the grandfather of pop-rock. I'm not sure how I feel about any of it yet, but I'm excited to hear more, nonetheless.

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