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Rihanna has released her first music since the domestic violence fracas with Chris Brown, and it's quite provocative, indeed.
The song called "Russian Roulette," which, as anyone who has seen The Deer Hunter knows, is a scary, suicide-baiting game in which players place a bullet in one of the chambers of a revolver, spin the cylinder, point it at their head and pull the trigger.
The lyrics to "Russian Roulette" are equally intense, and will no doubt inspire comparisons to Rihanna's real-life experiences with violence.
The song begins with: "Take a breath, take it deep/Calm yourself, he says to me/If you play, you play for keeps." The chorus is: "And I’m terrified but I’m not leaving, no/Know that I must must pass this test/So just pull the trigger." Perhaps most haunting is the final line: "It's too late to pick up the value of my life," which is followed by a gun shot. And then the song is over.
If that weren't enough, the photo accompanying the single depicts a naked Rihanna encircled by barbed wire and wearing an eyepatch with a hole to reveal her eye.
Ryan Seacrest debuted the song on his radio show today, and the full track is also streaming at Rihanna's Web site, RihannaNow.com.
The full album, which is titled, Rated R, will be out on November 23rd.
What's your opinion of Rihanna's new song? Do you think it's appropriate for her to be singing about suicide?