In V, Rihanna opened up a bit about her highly-anticipated R8 release, including the recently-teased album interlude, “James Joint.”
“Dude, I’m in love with my interludes. This one called ‘James,’ joint is on constant repeat,” she told V, via MTV. “[The album is] soulful and aggressive, whether it’s lyrically, musically, or just the tone of my voice.”
The singer first teased that sound when she released the single “FourFiveSeconds” back in January. And she knew that the track had a special something (aside from contributions from both Kanye West and Paul McCartney) that was the right fit for this next album.
“The thing that made me fall in love with [‘FourFiveSeconds’] is the juxtaposition of the music and the lyrics. When you read the lyrics it’s a completely different song than what you are hearing,” she said. “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.”
Rihanna also dished on what is inspiring her these days. “I run away from anything that does not stimulate me,” she said. “I often find myself gravitating toward the underground. There is a certain creative freedom there that you can’t experience anywhere else.”
While it’s been close to three years since Rihanna dropped 2012’s Unapologetic, she told the magazine she’s hardly been taking a break.
“I didn’t actually take time off. The past two years are the hardest I’ve ever worked,” she said, going on to detail her multiple projects. “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.”
And if it feels like Rihanna’s an open book, it’s because, she added, privacy is not her concern at the moment. She said, “Do I even give a d-ck about that anymore?”