Between working with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, starring in her first feature-length animated film, and finishing up two albums, Rihanna’s got a lot on her plate these days. So the 27-year-old singer is eliminating one major concern from her life: privacy.
"Do I even give a dick about that anymore?" Rihanna asks in the cover story for this month’s V Magazine, adding that she doesn’t allow public perception or social media to influence her creative spirit. "I run away from anything that does not stimulate me. I often find myself gravitating toward the underground. There is a certain creative freedom there that you can't experience anywhere else."
Maybe she doesn’t care about privacy, but Rihanna cares about people thinking she’s been on vacation in the years since her last full-length album, Unapologetic, dropped in 2012.
"I didn’t actually take time off," the singer explains. "The past two years are the hardest I’ve ever worked. I’ve been working on two albums, an animated film, shooting for multiple magazines, designing for Puma and Stance [socks], a new line of fragrances, a summer tour, I launched my first annual Diamond Ball at the end of last year, and I’ve also been developing several projects to be revealed in the near future."
The two albums RiRi is referring to likely includes the soundtrack for her animated movie Home as well as her upcoming new studio album, which will feature her collaborative track with West and McCartney, "FourFiveSeconds," as well as newly released singles "Bitch Better Have My Money" and "American Oxygen."
"Dude, I’m in love with my interludes," she gushes of the new album. "This one called 'James Joint' is on constant repeat. [The album is] soulful and aggressive, whether it’s lyrically, musically, or just the tone of my voice."
That aggression, the singer explains, is one of the things she loves most about the as-yet-untitled album's first single, which she performed with West and McCartney onstage at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards.
"The thing that made me fall in love with ['FourFiveSeconds'] is the juxtaposition of the music and the lyrics," she told V. "When you read the lyrics it’s a completely different song than what you are hearing. The music is easygoing, but the lyrical content is very loud and in your face. In performing this, the key was to make sure the aggression wasn’t lost."