Rated R: Remixed [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"Russian Roulette," released weeks prior to Rated R, just hinted at Rihanna's sudden desire to provoke. Even with the realization that it is metaphorical, the song startles with its hesitant gasps, spinning cylinders, and verses that are glacially paced, where a cold piano line and the slight inflections in Rihanna's voice are front and center. And then there's an audible shudder followed by a discharged bullet -- the abrupt end to one of Rated R's most restrained moments. It's not the only instance where Rihanna's rise in fame, combined with being the victim in the decade's highest-profile felonious assault, added up to a perfect-storm scenario for a creative overhaul. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"Russian Roulette," released weeks prior to Rated R, just hinted at Rihanna's sudden desire to provoke. Even with the realization that it is metaphorical, the song startles with its hesitant gasps, spinning cylinders, and verses that are glacially paced, where a cold piano line and the slight inflections in Rihanna's voice are front and center. And then there's an audible shudder followed by a discharged bullet -- the abrupt end to one of Rated R's most restrained moments. It's not the only instance where Rihanna's rise in fame, combined with being the victim in the decade's highest-profile felonious assault, added up to a perfect-storm scenario for a creative overhaul. Rated R is more like Good Girl Gone Evil, or Abused Girl Full of Vengeful Rage, not Good Girl Gone Bad, where the only casualties were some dishes. The closest the set gets to upbeat pop is "Rude Boy," and by any standard it is stern; needless to say, there is quite a difference between "Can you get it up?" and "You can stand under my umbrella." Much of this daring album is absolutely over the top, bleak and sleek both lyrically and sonically, but it's compelling, filled with as many memorably belligerent lines -- two of which, "I pitch with a grenade/Swing away if ya feeling brave" and "I'm such a fuckin' lady," set the tone early on -- as a rap album made ripe for dissection. "G4L," over a low-slung and sleek production, is the most fantastical of all, in which Rihanna leads a band of homicidal women, opening with "I lick the gun when I'm done 'cause I know that revenge is sweet" and "Any mothaf*cka wanna disrespect/Playin' with fire finna get you wet." The breakup song "Fire Bomb," even though it is also metaphorical, is a close second in terms of lyrical extremity: "I just wanna set you on fire so I won't have to burn alone." Some of the breathers -- the songs that are less intense -- hold the album back since Rihanna sounds detached from them. The one exception is the wistful, bittersweet "Photographs," a rare instance of the singer dropping her guard, but it really sticks out since it is surrounded by material that has her taking the variably authentic roles of abused lover, dominatrix, and murderer. Whether the album seems ridiculous or spectacular or both, Rihanna's complete immersion in the majority of the songs cannot be disputed. That is the one thing that is not up for debate. [Rated R: Remixed was released in May 2010, containing ten dance mixes of Rated R cuts from Chew Fu.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602527401775
  • Catalog Number: 001437502
  • Sales rank: 48,292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mad House (2:14)
  2. 2 Russian Roulette (5:56)
  3. 3 Rockstar 101 (4:28)
  4. 4 Wait Your Turn (5:11)
  5. 5 Photographs (6:01)
  6. 6 Rude Boy (5:43)
  7. 7 Hard - Jeezy (5:29)
  8. 8 G4L (5:27)
  9. 9 Fire Bomb (7:00)
  10. 10 Stupid In Love (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rihanna Primary Artist
Alain Whyte Acoustic Guitar
will.i.am Synthesizer
Makeba Riddick Background Vocals
Brian Kennedy Keyboards
Caleb Speir Bass
Jeezy Vocals
Beardyman Vocals
Monte Neuble Keyboards
Tim Stewart Guitar
Jessie Bonds Guitar
Keith Harris Strings
Technical Credits
Evan Rogers Executive Producer
Rick Essig Mastering
Carl Sturken Executive Producer
Pat Thrall Engineer
Karl Heilbron Vocal Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Composer
Simon Henwood Art Direction, Logo Design
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Stargate Producer
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Future Cut Programming
C. Stewart Composer
Joey Arbagey Producer
Padraic Kerin Engineer
Makeba Riddick Composer, Vocal Producer
Shaffer Smith Composer
Sean Tallman Engineer
Rihanna Composer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
The-Dream Composer, Producer
Ne-Yo Producer
Carol Corless Package Production
Chase & Status Producer, Instrumentation
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Engineer, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation
Brian Kennedy Programming, Producer
Chuck Harmony Producer
Alex Haldi Art Direction
Andrew Wuepper Engineer
Rob Swire Composer
Ciarra Pardo Art Direction
Marcos Tovar Engineer
R. Swire Producer, Instrumentation
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer, Instrumentation
W. Kennard Composer
M. McHenry Composer
Free School Additional Production
Kristen Yiengst Photo Coordination
Jay Jenkins Composer
W. Adams Composer
C. "Tricky" Stewart Producer
Charles Harmon Composer
J. Baptiste Composer
M. Riddick Composer
T. Nash Composer
T.E. Hermansen Composer
S. Smith Composer
JP Robinson Art Direction
B. Kennedy Seals Composer
James Fauntleroy II Composer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan Engineer
Mike "TrakGuru" Johnson Engineer
S. Milton Composer
T. Tendayi Composer
A. Pineda Composer
Esther Dean Composer
William Kennard Composer
Antonio "L.A." Reid Executive Producer
Chew Fu Programming, Remixing
Terius "The-Dream" Nash Composer
John H. Frazier Producer
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