On her latest album "Loud", Rihanna has raised a lot of eyebrows to critics and especially her fans. The album turned out well put together with unexpected music. The Barbarian heartthrob decided to go back to her roots and give a reggae feel to her most recent song "Man Down". This song really had fans and critics talking. Her murderous song "Man Down" is a lyrical recall of 'I Shot The Sheriff' by well known Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley. I did notice that the music pays much respect to Rihanna's Caribbean roots.
The concept of the video for "Man Down" really topped off everything. The video basically acts out the story of a girl, Rihanna, shooting the man down inside of a train station that she had gotten into an argument with. I personally liked the concept of the video. It was very blunt but at the same time could be something that some females can relate to. Rihanna has various of songs that I enjoy listening to, let alone dancing to, but the song "Man Down" really got me to open my eyes about things, such as the dangers females can encounter. However, Critics then tried to attack the singer by giving negative criticism about the song and video. Doing so, MTV and BET later banned her video for her single "Man Down" from local television channels within a week of it being premiered. The negative criticism towards Rihanna hasn't changed the way i feel about her music nor herself as an artist. Rihanna was trying to send out a message through the video by being a voice for young girls to older women that has experienced sexual harassment. Yet, the currently banned music video has managed to still get over 90 million views on YouTube since its release date in June. With that being said, I guess all of the controversy surrounding Rihanna seems to have paid off.