Last night, our girl Rihanna dropped her hugely anticipated eighth studio album, ANTI, which popped up on Tidal as a free download. The streaming service, owned in part by Jay-Z, will be the exclusive location where you can find the album for its first week. ANTI‘s kickass A-side features SZA and Drake in “Consideration” and “Work,” respectively.
In an enthralling turn of events, RiRi nixed her massively popular singles “FourFiveSeconds,” “American Oxygen,” and “Bitch Better Have My Money” from the final edit of the thirteen-track record. True to its name, Rihanna’s ANTI presents an alternative, mainstream-resistant kind of album that sounds more akin to something uploaded on SoundCloud than most of what you’d hear on the radio. Save for the flaccid, acoustic guitar ballad “Never Ending,” tucked behind a brilliantly faithful cover of Tame Impala‘s “New Person, Same Old Mistakes,”ANTI is the most conceptually provocative musical statement Rihanna has ever made.