First Hit #1: March 27, 2010
Rude Boy is basically Rihanna’s attempt at a recent Black Eyed Peas song. That’s not a compliment, though she does at least have the ability to carry a song with her voice. She doesn’t have the ability to make this skeleton of a song actually shine, however, because you need more than a few lines and a hyper-minimal beat to actually make something worth listening to. This is just a couple lines about dicks, the start of a beat – though like the last BEP song it feels more like a click track that someone decided was good enough as is – and this is expected to sustain a pop song for nearly four minutes. It’s no surprise that it doesn’t – my tolerance for it was getting stretched to the breaking point at about one minute – but it’s probably designed to be played in snippets at a club with other things going on around it. Fine, if you’re a DJ in a club, doesn’t work for radio or home consumption however.