The Problem With... Rihanna's "S&M"


It's good to see that the love of my life, Rihanna, is still on the charts. At the tail end of last year, she showed up in a tame duet with Drake in "What's My Name" then ended the year appearing in the impressive Kanye track "All Of the Lights." But Ri just had to go whip me up again with a traumatic single "S&M".

How is this track traumatic? Well, because "S&M" takes me back to growing up in the '90s. And not the good parts.

Mostly, "S&M" brings to mind '90s Eurodance groups like La Bouche and SNAP! That stuff might have been good pop music, and it might have influenced a lot of good music along the way, but the simple fact that they're so easily associated with MTV's The Grind leaves a bad mark.

"What's The Grind?" you ask?

Well, kids, if you wanted to know the specific moment when MTV started to decline, it's about the time that stuff like this started appearing. That killed a few brain cells, didn't it? Now imagine a generation of kids exposed to that.

Even the video for "S&M" takes us back to the mid-'90s -- queasy fisheye shots, wide angles and all. Is this a Rihanna video? Or a Busta Rhymes video?

Lyrically, the song coasts on repeating tired verses. The line "The affliction of this feeling" doesn't roll off the tongue too well. "Affliction" sounds like Rihanna picked up a thesaurus and... sorry, I just pictured Ri as a librarian.

What's more about the video is the trope about musicians striking back at the hostile press.

Man, why does Ri have to make it out like that? I mean, I'm a music writer, and I love Rihanna. Then again, I wouldn't mind getting taped up to a wall like in the video.

Unfortunately, though, a track like"S&M" makes it that much harder to love Ri.

And I'm still not feeling the straight red hair either.
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Krystle
Krystle

Wow. She is really getting out there and so comfortable in her skin. She has gotten it put on her very well esp after chris brown. He probably was selfish in a way. Plus, that good life after a whileturns you out like that for some reason. ooks like her butt has gotten bigger or she picked up some weight.

HMMMH?
HMMMH?

MAYBE THIS ORDEAL WITH CHRIS BROWN LEFT HER SOME OPTIONS.......IN HER MIND.....OH, MAYBE SHE FORGOT THAT SHE PLAYED THE INNOCENT VICTIM IN THE INTERVIEW.........OR..MAYBE SHE IS LETTING THE WORLD KNOW WHO RIHANNA REALLY IS????? I STILL LIKE HER THOUGH. LMAO. ISN'T FUNNY HOW SH*T FLOATS TO THE SURFACE IN A TOILET?

MattL1
MattL1

Awesome. I had repressed memories of The Grind and SNAP! and the like since childhood, and it has served me well. Now I have to go through my day with "Rhythm is a Dancer" stuck in my head. I'm ruined. Thanks.

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