The pop starlet's rawest rap cuts.
The latest single off Rihanna’s upcoming album, “Bitch Better Have My Money” has jacked anticipation up to another level. The track is a hit that has been making noise through social media posts, tweets and conversations since she dropped a snippet just last week. Although it's performed by the Barbadian pop princess, it's heavily inspired by the hip hop tracks we all know and love. Along with acts like Omarion, Trey Songz and Chris Brown, Rihanna's music has helped the smooth sound of R&B/Pop grow to incorporate a substantial hip hop edge.
Back in 2005, a 16-year-old Rihanna released her first album under the legendary hip hop label Def Jam. Since then, her sound has grown and come a long way from her Caribbean/pop roots. Thanks to her mentor, Jay Z, she has become a staple in the hip hop community, collaborating with rap greats like Eminem, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and even Jay Z himself a few times. The hard-edged “Bitch Better Have My Money” has already got us thinking about Rihanna’s long history and love for the hip hop culture she surrounds herself with.
Spanning her entire career, we searched through all her albums to find the most hard-hitting, hip hop-driven tracks-- no, not just collaborations that she did with rappers over obviously pop beats. So don't expect to find songs like “Love the Way You Lie” parts one or two, “Umbrella," “Monster” or even “What’s My Name." However great those songs were, they weren't really hip hop. The tracks in this list focus on Rihanna actually rapping rather than singing, and basslines that take you back to the trap.