This Is Our Jam: Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”

With “We Found Love,” Rihanna embodies the '90s U.K. drug scene with as much gritty authenticity as she can muster. The video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, is a raw counterpoint for a track that producer Calvin Harris has imbued with a soaring house beat. With 1990s nostalgia at an all-time high, the genre is a perfect vehicle to let Rihanna, a true musical chameleon, do her thing.

-like world that Rihanna inhabits is packed with enough debauchery to make Irvine Welsh proud. There is partying, raves, drugs, overdoses, sex, squalor, and a tattoo that will seem like really bad idea in a few days. At its core though, this is a surprisingly affecting love story, with a male lead who looks suspiciously like Chris Brown (at one point they shotgun cigarette smoke back and forth — gross). It’s the video that Rihanna famously got in a kerfuffle with a Northern Irish farmer over a topless scene. If "We Found Love" is something of a pastiche, it's an exhilarating one, and Rihanna pulls off what few other pop stars can: She pulls no punches.


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"We Found Love Feat. Calvin Harris"

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