riri’s been “phuckin roun in da studio”
Rihanna wears rings and earrings model’s own.
The i-D office are Ri-diculously Ri-ddled with anxiety waiting for the new Rihanna album to drop (#R8, as it's being dubbed), but for now we're just happy listening to a 15-second snippet from her Instagram feed on our tinny phone speakers. The Bajan beauty sings over her typically heady production: "Ain't none of this shit promised, ain't none of this promised/Ain't none of this shit promised, ain't none of this promised/Ain't none of this shit certain, ain't none of this certain." It's a reminder of the dark depths Rihanna brings to pop music - something we've been missing in these heavily optimistic, sugary pop times - and with it comes the promise that a new album is imminent.
Photography Willy Vanderperre
Styling Willy Vanderperre
From The Lovers Of Life Issue, i-D No. 305, Pre-Spring 2010