A huge happy birthday shoutout goes to Rihanna, who today turns the monumental age of 30. The pop superstar was born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty on the 20th February 1988 in the St Michael parish of Barbados.
Arguably an icon in pop culture, what we love most about RiRi is her fearlessness and her ability to push boundaries in every avenue she enters, whether it be music, movies, fashion and so on. The confidence and boldness that Ri has instilled in her is what has set her apart from her peers musically and there’s no wonder why she calls herself ‘BadGalRiRi.‘ With a musical career spanning eight studio albums over a decade, we have handpicked some of Queen Fenty’s fiercest tracks, in homage to her on her special day.
Ri had that sass from early on as you can tell from this 2007 throwback, lifted from Good Girl Gone Bad.
Wait Your Turn
The release of fourth studio album Rated R in 2009, heralded a new artistic approach for the singer and this was the perfect single to kickstart Rihanna’s personal journey.
Featuring American rapper Young Jeezy, this Rihanna single was her thirteenth top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100.
One of RIhanna’s most pivotal releases was this collaboration with legendary guitarist Slash, and on this track she showed her charisma and force as a performer.
The bad gal embraces a darker sound in this gritty Rihanna Navy favourite.
Things get racy on this dubstep themed cut, taken from sixth studio album Talk That Talk.
Phresh Out The Runway
Phresh Out The Runway performed on a runway is all kinds of iconic. A highlight from seventh studio album Unapologetic.
Pour It Up
Unapologetic by name, Unapologetic by nature. This was dubbed a ‘stripper anthem’ when it first came out in 2012.
Bitch Better Have My Money
There ain’t no playing with RiRi on this self assured banger released in 2015.
Like Rated R, latest release ANTI is a very personal work of art from the singer, and critics have dubbed it her best album to date. Produced by DJ Mustard, and as one of the singles from the album, ‘Needed Me’ is reminiscient of that dark and mysterious persona we have all grown to love.
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