The second single from [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist]‘s upcoming Rated R album , “Wait Your Turn,” leaked online over the weekend. The track finds the Barbadian beauty tapping into her island roots with a subtle dub reggae vibe. The song, reportedly produced by Chase & Status, has a steady, heartbeat-style rhythm and features the refrain, “The wait is ova,” a phrase that was used last month as a teaser announcing the album’s November 23 release date.
It appears to continue the dark vibe of the album’s first single, “Russian Roulette,” which has met with mixed reviews since its release two weeks ago. “Wait Your Turn” opens with a methodical, spare beat and glitchy keyboard loop as Rihanna repeats, “The wait is ova/ The wait is ova.” The first verse has her dipping into an island lilt, deadpanning, “I pitch with a grenade/ Swing away if you’re feeling brave/ There’s so much power in my name … I’m such a fragile lady/ You don’t have to be so afraid.”
The sports-themed chorus has the singer soaring into her higher register, “Isn’t it crowded over here/ But, babe the wait is ova/ Sometimes it takes a thousand tries to win/ The wait is over/ Fumble, don’t you fumble that’s a flag on the play/ Babe, if you don’t wanna then you don’t have to wait/ But together we gon’ be taking over.” The chorus leads into a spoken line with a slightly distorted vocal, in which she adds, “It’s just the way the game is played/ It’s best that you just wait your turn.”
As the song progresses, more layers of ’80s-style organ keyboards and a thumping beat bleed through more sports-metaphors about champions with their hands up and fans cheering them on. The song ends just shy of the four-minute mark on an a cappella refrain of “The wait is ova.”
A spokesperson for Rihanna did not return requests for comment at press time to confirm the single’s official release date. The leak comes just a few days before Rihanna is reportedly slated to sit down for her first interview since she was assaulted by former boyfriend Chris Brown in February. Rihanna has made no statements and has not discussed the incident at all in public to date, but a promo from ABC News says that when she appears on “Good Morning America” on Thursday and on “20/20″ the following night, the world will hear her side of the story for the first time.