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This is disturbing on so many levels. Ain’t nobody hatin’ on this pedophile mess! Think about Chris Brown and Madonna … Ew! Who approved this? The whole shebang looks rather awkward and “suggestive”. Not to mention the blatant subliminal messages factorized, implicating the woman role as “submissive” and/or “defenseless” to the role of a male (preferably old, Caucasian male) in this case. Call me a hater, call me a radical revolutionist, I really do not care. I understand it’s “just a photo shoot,” but think about all of the RSP’s (Random Stupid Ppl) that will see this, “Rihanna likes old, white men,” “Ooh, they F*cking!,” “[insert negroid comment here],” etc.

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The story of Rihanna and Robin Thicke is very much the story of two songs: “Umbrella” and “Lost Without U,” two ubiquitous tunes that are more than just bubblegum. Deejays and veejays played both of them relentlessly, but we never got sugar sick.

Rihanna says that when she first listened to the songwriter’s demo of “Umbrella,” she thought it sounded a little weird. “Then I got to the part that everybody loves,” she says, before singing the syllables of the summer: “Ella, ella, eh, eh, eh. I said, ‘Oh, my God, I have to have this.’ ” A couple of months and one Jay-Z guest verse later, and half the world was going through the exact same process: First, “This is weird.” Then, “Oh, my God! Ella, ella, eh, eh, eh!” And finally, “I have to have this song.”

The story behind Robin Thicke’s tender R&B ballad “Lost Without U,” which he wrote back in 2004, is a little more complicated. “The first time Pharrell heard the song, he said it was a smash,” Thicke says. “The first time Bono heard it, he said it was an incredible smash. But it still took three and a half years for anybody else to hear it.” [ ]


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