The Unapologetic singer is full of apologies lately. Rihanna’s latest record may be rife with an IDGAF attitude, but her live stream Live from London concert last night, and its concordant 777 prison in the skies, was on the receiving end of a few “I’m sorry, forgive me, I’m RiRi”-isms.
During a performance of her hit “Where Have You Been,” the band and backing track were off sync invoking the ire of Rihanna. “All right, what the f*ck?” the songstress asked, cutting the intro off abruptly. “Stop, stop this sh*t. What the f*ck is that? Why is the track off from the band?”
Then she turns back to the crowd to explain the sonic misalignment. “This is the bullsh*t we deal with when we’re just doing a random rock and roll tour, all right? With no rehearsals and sh*t. I apologize for everybody at home streaming live.” Then, to the singer’s liking this time, the band and crew restart the track up on beat because no mortal wants to incur the wrath of Rihanna pointing one of her dagger nails at you. That sh*t buuuurns.
Fans weren’t the only ones putting the Bajan on the defense. RiRi apologized (sorta) to the 150 journalists she invited on her week-long 777 Tour during its final leg from London to New York, doing her best to explain why no one got to interact with her on board.
“I know you guys got barely any dirt,” she told them with a #sorry, #notsorry undertone. “But I had to be good. I still sound like sh*t. It’s impossible to spend time with everybody, and I’m sorry I didn’t. I have to pay attention to myself this time. Usually, I just go, go, go and I’ll be back here partying balls out for y’all. But I had to pay attention and take care of my health since I’m on a plane all the time.” Less of a real apology, more of an “It’s not you, it’s me” explanation to cushion the blow during a break-up, AKA the worst kind.
I don’t like when my mass-produced pop stars send mixed marketing messages like this. What is it Rihanna? Apologetic or not? This back and forth makes it difficult to hear the auto-tune from the human being and it’s making it hard for me to sing along to.