Straight after performing the song live for the first time at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival, Rihanna rolls out her new #R8 song “American Oxygen” via Jay-Z‘s TIDAL. The Alex Da Kid production, which has been teased for weeks in her March Madness promo, sees Ri singing about coming to America to live out The American Dream over a moody backdrop infused with soft piano lines and a hard-hitting, industrial beat that seems ever-changing as the song builds. “Every breath I breathe we chasin’ this American dream / We sweat for a nickel and a dime / Turn it into an empire,” she sings, before declaring, “This is the new America / We are the new America.” It’s an inspirational empowerment anthem in every way and the short references to her own story make it even the more better. With “FourFiveSeconds,” “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and now “American Oxygen,” it’s unclear to see where #R8 is headed, but it’s nonetheless exciting. THAT RIHANNA REIGN GOT ME OBSESSED AND CONFUSED ALL AT ONCE. I LIVE!
UPDATED: Ri has finally put the official music video up on VEVO.
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