Video Rewind: Rihanna premiers “Man Down” + her Breakdown & Response to fans


Rihanna’s brand new video for “Man Down” premiered on “106 & Park” yesterday. Co-written by R & B Artist Shontelle (peep Shonelle’s interview here), this song is a strong reggae track, which Rihanna says has much significance to her life.

Rih traveled to Jamaica to shoot the video, and the mini movie opens up with guns down on an unknown man. We later discover that this man, is someone she had met the night before in the club that ended up raping her.

Rihanna’s stans took to Twitter to express their positive responses to her latest video. Rihanna thanked them and tweeted:

“Thank you for the amazing response on ManDownVideo I love you guys, and I love that u GOT IT!!!

Young girls/women all over the world…we are a lot of things! We’re strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naïve! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us! So ladies be careful and #listentoyomama! I love you and I care!”

At a listening session late last year, Rihanna explained the meaning behind the song:

“The song is about breaking a man’s heart,” Rihanna explains. “It’s a very cleverly written song and what I love about it is that it’s not a lyric you’d normally hear a female singing.” As for the reggae vibe of the record, Rihanna says the music is an echo of her roots. “The vibe is Jamaican and West Indian,” she says. “That’s something that’s close to me.”

“I wanted to exude the energy and space I’m in right now that’s what I always try and do with my music. Right now in my life I feel very loud and in charge of my life and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new album. It has such a variety of sounds but it all makes sense for this album. ‘Man Down‘ is a straight up Jamaican record and I love it, I even do a little chat on it at the end haha.”

Check out her video below: