Rihanna had just flown in to L. But on this sunny California afternoon, Rihanna arrived casually turned out, in a vintage Guess leather biker jacket, green Vetements sweatpants, and a Star Wars T-shirt. Ornate iron crosses hung above doorways, framed paintings of saints ascended a staircase wall, and, in a vamp-red bar room, there was a dark-wood confessional booth. Rihanna and I spoke in the home theater. It was after p. After they left, Rihanna wandered into the theater and plopped down in one of several red leather recliners. A member of her team poured Dixie cups of Pinot Grigio.
Whoever's on the receiving end of this chemically charged mini-ballad is a lucky man. In it, RiRi gets real and a little bit sappy while spilling her feelings to a special someone. A lover's quarrel, perhaps? Is that what's driven Queen Rih to get "turnt up off sizz? And therein lies our interest. Is "Higher" a drunk dial, transcribed? A voicemail she didn't entirely remember leaving the next morning? It definitely seems that way. Here's Rihanna, drunk as a skunk after falling out with her sex friend, making a boozy, late-night declaration of her love in an attempt at mending fences and luring him over, but mostly just telling him how she feels.
She took a leading role in group activities. Most of all, she had ideas and seemed comfortable expressing them. Fast-forward to the present day and there remains something effortless about Rihanna, a sense of confidence that transcends any one narrative or style. She was making things up as she went along, but when she went, she went full-steam ahead. Born in Barbados in , she left high school to pursue music. Her debut, Music of the Sun , went Gold when she was just
The song was sent to the US rhythmic contemporary and urban contemporary radio stations on September 27, , as the album's fourth and final single. Its instrumentation consists of a guitar arpeggio , swirling organ, a simple chord progression, syncopated strings, and orchestra. Lyrically, the song has themes of swinging back and forth between the highs and lows of toxic love. The song reached number five on the US Billboard Hot chart; it became Rihanna's 22nd top-five single breaking her tie with Elvis Presley as the artist with the 5th most top-five singles, and it was also her 30th top-ten single tying her with Madonna and The Beatles. Ball recalled, "We wanted it to have that juxtaposition of an old school soul feel with modern lyrics. That's why Amy Winehouse was never pastiche or retro even though her music has an old soul sound. Brown sent it to Rihanna and she also reacted similarly, writing additional lyrics. American producer Kuk Harrell handled the song's vocal production.