Rihanna & Drake Pay Homage To ‘Dancehall Reggae Music’ In ‘Work’ Video


Work, Work, Work, Work, Work !

Rihanna opened the flood gates of a potential relationship with Drake on social media last week when she unveiled the visuals to her highly anticipated  single ‘Work’ featuring the OVO rapper.

From the outset, it seems that fans were most excited to see Rihanna and Drake reunite on a track and couldn’t wait to watch their magnetic ‘on screen’ chemistry unfold [yet again], and they didn’t disappoint.

In the seven minute two-part video, Rihanna and Drake start off as ‘casual friends’ when they link up at Canada’s ‘The Real Jerk’ nightclub restaurant,  to ‘friends with possible benefits’ in the second half video portion.

Don’t expect to ‘stand up  and hug the wall’ when this song plays; this is a perfect intermix of dancehall reggae and pop music. For the newbies that are unfamiliar; the slow whining, bump and grind twerking that is displayed in this video is quite the ‘norm’ in the caribbean dancehall culture. It is a ‘selective’ type of dance that is permitted on the ‘underground scene’ meshed with ‘scantily clad’ clothing, and it is not frowned upon amongst the youth.

Reggae artists, ‘Elephant Man’, ‘Shabba Ranks’, ‘Beenie Man’, ‘Sean Paul’, ‘Mr. Vegas’ to name a few introduced us to this dance ‘craze’ years ago, not to mention Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the massive box office hit movie ‘Dirty Dancing’. So, while some fans are disappointed by Ri-Ri’s non-english lyrics, this song is simply an homage to the dancehall reggae music and island culture.

Rihanna’s platinum album ‘ANTI’ is said to be her best product to date.  I don’t concur fully with this statement but the few tracks that caught my attention were ‘Consideration’ ft. Sza,  ‘James Joint’, ‘Needed Me’, ‘Same Ole Mistakes’, and ‘Work’.

Watch it below:

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