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A simple but well executed concept for the fifth 808s & Heartbreak video finds a determined Rihanna on an after hours cruise down a long and winding road. The night vision clip starts and ends with the photogenic lingerie-clad pop star in bed; those aforementioned driving scenes are a dream sequence. Close-ups show her face alternating between fury and maniacal laughter (acting!), but just so there’s no confusion the whole thing is prefaced by some animated keywords (disorder, heartache, deceit, insomnia, etc). Kanye’s in it too as the frustrated narrator. Though I think we can agree Rihanna has reason to be paranoid about the contents of her boyfriend’s cellphone? In any case, this is a low-quality bootleg captured by professional 808s leaker Lowkey an an event with L.A. Reid last night. If you wanna wait for the real version, check this page in a day or two. UPDATED EMBED…

I like this song/video, so I refrained from calling Kanye “Gayfish” in this post. The third and ugliest Air Yeezy colorway drops 6/6.

UPDATE 2:

5/28/09
IT HURTS ME TO SEE THE OLD AND VERY WRONG VERSION OF THE PARANOID VIDEO GET LEAKED ALL OVER THE NET WHILE I WAS ON AN 11 HR FLIGHT AND COULDN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. IT’S JUST FRUSTRATING WHEN THIS STUFF HAPPENS BECAUSE I REALLY CARE ABOUT THE PRODUCT AND SINCE VIDEOS NEVER GET PLAYED ANY WAY YOU MIGHT AS WELL TWEAK THEM AND MAKE THEM AS SPECIAL AS POSSIBLE. THE VERSION THAT GOT LEAKED FROM THE CAMERA PHONE LAST WEEK IS AT LEAST A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE FINAL PRODUCT. THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR YOUR SUPPORT BUT THAT VIDEO WAS NOT UP TO MY STANDARDS. HERE’S SOME SCREEN SHOTS FROM THE REAL VIDEO.

UPDATE 3:
This is the final version. Probably!

Comments (7)
  1. I like this real life meets art thing that’s happening here.

  2. jjazznola  |   Posted on May 27th, 2009 0

    She looks hot but the song is awful. (Like all the rest of the crap he puts out. Why is he even on this site? What’s next the new Britney?)

  3. kohngju  |   Posted on May 27th, 2009 0

    where’s mr hudson? why is the first dog on rihanna’s head? video is uninspiring, but I like this track ? especially the remix with big sean.

  4. Jjazznola, you don’t understand great music obviously! I guess its okay, everyone is entitled to their own opinion!

  5. it’s been a great few days for fans of rihanna’s boobies.

    http://www.egotastic.com/entertainment/celebrities/rihanna/rihanna-nude-004623

  6. Ed  |   Posted on May 28th, 2009 0

    Rihanna’s never been an emotional performer; you could even say her strength lies in her restraint and coolness. But here, without a singing part, she delivers a two-tone performance that makes this look like some car/booze ad parody (the overall concept and shooting style surely don’t help either). She’s cute when she’s laughing, though.

  7. jjazznola  |   Posted on May 28th, 2009 0

    Liking this song is one thing but “great music”? Kanye makes here today, gone tomorrow pop music. You are the one who does not understand. Try getting out of your little Pitchfork/Indie/Hip hop box. There is truly great music out there.

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