Rihanna raises political awareness with the historically-charged “American Oxygen” video
Rihanna finally drops the “American Oxygen” video on Vevo after an exclusive release on TIDAL. The video stirs up emotions with visuals of historic events: the tragic 9/11 attacks, Barack Obama being sworn in as president, homeless people, and the Ferguson riots.
In between the historical footage, Rihanna appears in front of the American flag while singing the resilient lyrics:
Breathe out, breathe in:
Every breath I breathe
Chasin’ this American Dream
We sweat for a nickel and a dime,
Turn it into an empire
“American Oxygen” is set to feature on Rihanna’s eighth studio album which we don’t know much about yet. The singer has been promoting her music, though, and “FourFiveSeconds” might make the cut after she told MTV the album will feature ‘big songs’:
“I’ve made a lot of songs that are just really, really big songs. From the jump, they just blow up […] I wanted songs that I could perform in 15 years; I wanted an album that I could perform in 15 years.”
No wonder RiRi is taking her sweet time! The last album released was 2012’s Unapologetic which received mixed reviews. The video for “American Oxygen” has already sparked a negative review, too: Slate magazine branded it a ‘mistake‘.
Do you like Rihanna’s “American Oxygen?”