The Monster Tour in the Room
As a fan of irony, and watching Rihanna videos, this announcement pleases me for two reasons. Rihanna and Eminem have announced “The Monster Tour” is coming this August. It will monstrously tour a grand total of three cities: New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit.
At the moment that is all that is known about the tour, venues and dates have yet to be announced. The two have a history of collaboration on tracks, including “Love The Way You Lie” & “The Monster,” the latest hit from Eminem’s most recent album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. I’m going to guess it’s also where they got the name of the tour…
I was… um… forced… yes, that sounds good… “forced” to review a number of Rihanna videos to pick one for presentation in this blog post. Here’s a classic, “Umbrella,” which, like many of her videos, is a “music video” music video. By which I mean it’s the age-old group of vaguely random, but similarly themed shots of her singing the song, and, since it’s Rihanna, moving about in a less-than-vaguely suggestive manner. No narrative, no “message,” just a few different outfits, few different sets, edit them all together, and *bam*, art.