Man Down: 9.5/10 - This is way too low, in my opinion. When I first got Loud
, this was an instant standout and almost two years later I still love it. The music video is one of RiRi's best and I just love the whole Caribbean-vibe I get especially at the bridge when she sings, Why did I pull de trigger, pull de trigger, pull de trigger, boom! And end a n*gga, end a n*gga life so soon.
Te Amo: 8.5/10 - When this first leaked, I didn't think it was so hot but I've grown to really like it over time. The whole Latin-flavour is pretty cute and I guess, for some people (not me though), the video was pretty hot.
All of the Lights: 9/10 - I like this song more for Kanye's rap verses than Rihanna singing the chorus. It's still a great track though and definitely the biggest hit for Kanye that era.
Birthday Cake: 9/10 - For lots of reasons, I didn't want to like this song, but obvious controversies aside, this one's pretty fabulous. Chris sounds so sexy on it and I must admit that the cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake
bit is totally addictive.
Cheers (Drink To That): 9/10 - Even though I don't drink, this was my Friday night anthem back in 2010/2011. I wished a proper music video had been filmed instead of just using concert footage but it was still a hit for her so no big deal, I guess.
Fantastic batch this time around.