Burning flames? Smashed guitars? Slash?
Well, it’s not quite a Guns N’ Roses video, but [artist id=”1940303″]Rihanna[/artist] premiered her “Rockstar 101” clip Tuesday (May 25) in full-on rocker fashion, using a top hat, shades and an ax to complete her makeover into the legendary guitarist.
The video is a mix of goth bondage-esque voyeurism, complete with Rihanna’s gyrating moves and a raging band that features Travis Barker on the drums.
“Strut up in the club, posted in the back, feeling so good, looking so bad,” Rihanna sings. “Rocking this skirt, rocking this club, got my middle finger up, I don’t really give a f—.”
The song was written and produced by The-Dream and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart; the pair also oversaw “Hard,” which broke into the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart.
Although Slash is featured on the track as a performer, the former GNR member doesn’t quite appear in the video — at least, not in the flesh. But Rihanna pays homage to him toward the end of the clip, comically sporting a skull-laden top hat, wig, leather jacket, dark glasses and toothpick. Rihanna projects Slash’s swagger and plays the guitar in a way that would make most blush.
Rihanna straddles the instrument in one shot and later suggestively points it up from her crotch, a la Prince.
Last month, Rihanna performed “Rockstar 101” on “American Idol,” and in March Travis Barker raved about her burgeoning drumming and guitar skills.
“She jams! Watch out for her,” Barker later tweeted.
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