african animals, leopard print and rihanna in a studded leather body suit.. what more could you want? (actually, i really, reeeallly want her rasta-inspired fringed hotpants..)
i know i'm a little late on this one, but i thought it was worth posting anyway.. there's been a slew of awesome music videos lately (this does not include the clip for mgmt's atrocious 'flash dilirium'), but rihanna's 'rude boy' is definitely of the best.
salt n pepa are an obvious influence here, but rihanna pulls off the late 80s/early 90s nyc hoochie mama look so well you'd think she invented that shit herself.
teaming with the 80s/90s theme, there's some post-production artwork by michael basquiat (famed for his graffiti over nyc's buildings and trains, but also a seriously amazing artist) featuring his signature 'basquiat crown', and the keith haring-esque body suit in the rihanna-on-a-zebra scene (haring is another new york artist who started out doing chalk drawings - hence the chalk-on-pavement/white-on-black)..
i.e. could this video be any more amazing?
ps not sure why the words are all broken up in this post, nor do i know how to fix it. sawwry!