Watch Rihanna's Intense Music Video For "American Oxygen" Now

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Rihanna's music video for her excellent new song "American Oxygen" is now available on YouTube. Previously released as an exclusive on Tidal, the video incorporates tons of footage of years past, juxtaposed with more recent events, to create a political narrative about America's historical tragedies and their modern-day echoes. The song's slower tempo matches its solemn subject matter, with lyrics like "Everything breath I breathe / Chasing this American dream / We sweat for a nickel and a dime / Turn it into an empire." Of course, the very title evokes the tragic last words of Eric Garner, as well as the awful murder of an Oklahoma man by a reserve deputy last week.

"American Oxygen" is from Rihanna's upcoming eighth album, which doesn't have an official title as of yet, though it's currently being referred to as #r8. The singer has released plenty of teasers of songs on social media, leaving clues like breadcrumbs for hungry fans and journalists across Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. She's also released and "BBHMM," in between trotting the globe to promote her animated movie, Home, and maybe even a teaser of yet another song for a Dior ad. And, there's surely more to come.

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