Bad Gal Business: A History of Island-Flavored Bashment Bangers From Rihanna

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November 29, 2011

1. Rihanna, “Rude Boy” (2009)

The inherent Caribbean-ness of Rihanna’s I-wear-the-pants-in-bed anthem “Rude Boy” might not have immediately registered with the masses but its video, a visual tribute to ’90s dancehall culture, made things abundantly clear. Despite all of the sexual imagery of Rihanna we’re treated to near-daily basis, the lasting mental picture we have of her is still her in those red, gold and green pum-pum shorts and knee-high, leopard-print boots. Giddy up.