Rihanna and Nicki Minaj-Raining Men

The much-anticipated collaboration from two of music’s biggest female stars lands, just a week before the album is set to be released.

For me, it’s pretty underwhelming. I expected something with a little more energy and a more defined style, but instead we’re given a track that’s all over the place from a genre perspective: the combination of pop vocals and lyrics with a hip-hop influenced production doesn’t work at all, and instead manifests itself as a disorienting ‘pop rap’ song. Considering this is supposed to be targeted to the mainstream, there really isn’t anything memorable from the verses either, whilst the hook largely consists of Rihanna making unidentified noises. The solitary highlight is the production itself, which I’d like to hear some rappers  take on.

Rihanna-Raining Men ft. Nicki Minaj

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