Last week, the unlikely trio of Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney released the divisive new single “FourFiveSeconds,” an acoustic threat of a song that happens to be, probably, Rihanna’s finest-ever vocal performance. A few days ago, we saw a behind-the-scenes look at the video, including Rihanna wearing what she calls “some Sean John throwback vintage jacket that is fucking major.” (It’s Kanye’s jacket.) The actual video dropped this morning, and it’s stark and simple, with the three performers standing in front of plain white backgrounds, emoting for the camera. Sadly, supporting players like Dave Longstreth and Ty Dolla $ign are nowhere to be seen. There’s not much to the video, but it’s worth watching anyway, since two of the three people in the video are ridiculously magnetic, charismatic onscreen figures. I’ll let you figure out which two. Watch it below.
“FourFiveSeconds” is out now at iTunes, and it’s the first single from Rihanna’s as-yet-untitled new album. It’ll probably be on Kanye’s album, too. And seriously, that Rihanna eye-roll early in the video just kills me. All three will perform together at the Grammys on Sunday.