LISTEN: Rihanna - "Raining Men" f/ Nicki Minaj

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This is not a cover – sorry! Nothing could ever be as amazing as the Weather Girls’ original, but you can put away your side-eye, because this song is good. It’s really good. It might be the best thing Rihanna has done since “Disturbia.” She maintains the gritty confidence (“Player, keep the money, I can buy my own drink”) showcased on Rated R but gets rid of that dark ballad vibe in favor of the sunny Caribbean feel that made her successful. The beat’s irresistible, Rihanna’s singular voice is irresistible, Nicki’s verse predictably continues her string of irresistible verses. Rihanna’s fifth record Loud is out November 16, I can only hope it’s all this good.

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