Rihanna. (Mario Sorrenti/GQ)Don't expect Rihanna to be singing "Call Me Maybe" or "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" any time soon. The sexy star — who poses completely naked, save for a cropped leather jacket and strategically-placed hands on one of GQ's Men of the Year covers (the other two feature Channing Tatum and Ben Affleck) — gives a little insight into her brand new album, Unapologetic, and why her songs are not your grandmother's kind of music.
"I want to make music that's hopeful, uplifting. Nothing corny or super sentimental," says Rihanna, who almost got a face tattoo the night before her photo shoot, but fortunately the artist refused. "I just want it to have the feeling that brings you out of whatever you're going through. I want it to spark that fire. I want it to be real, authentic, and raw."
And the more X-rated, the better. During the interview, she begins singing "Foreplay" by The-Dream in front of the rapper-producer. "Bitch, f--k the foreplay/I want it now/We're talking straight sex/It's going down," she croons, as she gyrates against her hotel room bed. "You need to write me that s--t," Rihanna, 24, half-jokingly shouts at The-Dream. "No pop s--t. None of that lovey-dovey s--t … It's gotta be tweet, retweet, trending topic!"
And with a shirt on. (Mario Sorrenti/GQ)
There's certainly none of that lovey-dovey stuff between Rihanna and reported on-again boyfriend, Chris Brown. The "Don't Wake Me Up" singer collaborates with his maybe-girlfriend on a track called "Nobody's Business" that appears on Unapologetic — and it's as close to a love song as these two will probably get. A sample of the lyrics: "Every touch becomes infectious/Let's make out in this Lexus/There's no other love just like this/A life with you I want, then can we become lust persona."
Although Rihanna doesn't talk about Brown during the interview with GQ, she did reveal what turns her on in a relationship. "I like to feel like a woman," she explains. "I have to be in control in every other aspect of my life, so I feel like in a relationship, like I wanted to be able to take a step back and have somebody else take the lead … Love makes you go places you probably wouldn't ever go, had it not been for love."
It will be interesting to see where love takes Rihanna and Chris.
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