Here Are More Details on Rihanna's ANTI

Here Are More Details on Rihanna's ANTI

RiRi will have seven unique images with poems for the LP.

Published October 8, 2015

Last night at the MAMA Gallery in Los Angeles, Rihanna finally gave what all her fans have been waiting for. She revealed the artwork to her upcoming album, which will be called ANTI. She has scrapped the concept of #R8 completely.

In an Instagram post, Rihanna describes what the meaning behind the title is.

ANTI

1. A person opposed to a particular policy, activity, or idea.

In her collaboration with Roy Nachum, Rihanna has changed the history of album art. By continuing to follow her own instincts, her work thrives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects.

Now, she has more in store. According to a press release, ANTI will be accompanied by seven images — one’s actually the cover. The back cover (which you can see here), is an oil painting of the girl with the gold crown in the main image. Both will feature Braille poetry by Chloe Mitchell.

Furthermore, five more paintings will be included in the album’s artwork, which will have poetry in Braille by Nachum. RiRi’s team says this will be the first time an album has incorporated physical Braille on the hard copies.

Below is the information on each image and its accompanying poem.

1. “IF THEY LET US”
Poster Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil On Convas
100 x 87 inches / 254 x 221 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.
It is simply because what I want to say,
what I need to say, won’t be heard.
Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.
What I choose to say is of so much substance
That people just won’t understand the depth of my message.
So my voice is not my weakness,
It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.
My voice is my suit and armor,
My shield, and all that I am.
I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.
I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.
The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom
That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.
I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.
So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.
If they let us…

2. “IF THEY LET US Part I”
Front Cover Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil On Canvas
51 x 45 inches / 130 x 114 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.
It is simply because what I want to say,
what I need to say, won’t be heard.
Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.
What I choose to say is of so much substance
That people just won’t understand the depth of my message.
So my voice is not my weakness,
It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.

3. “IF THEY LET US Part II”
Back Cover Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil On Canvas
51 x 45 inches / 130 x 114 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell

My voice is my suit and armor,
My shield, and all that I am.
I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.
I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.
The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom
That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.
I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.
So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.
If they let us…

4. “FIRE Part I” 
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas 
46 x 38 inches 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

Falling fast backwards into deep water.
As my eyes opened I knew that I was naked.
Floating on the waters surface.
Alone with the reflections of myself.

5. “FIRE Part II” 
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas
46 x 38 inches / 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

My face in deep shadows.
Dreams and ideas beyond limits.
The future is all I have to look forward to.
I turn myself inside out.
Only then am I whole.

6. “FIRE Part III” 
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas
46 x 38 inches / 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum

Clouds replace the sunlight.
Expanding into the darkness.
The shoreline covered with night.
Backward strokes,
Deep breaths, salt air.

7. “R‎”
Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
2015, Oil On Canvas
90 x 7o inches / 229 x 178 cm

We can also expect that her singles ("Bitch Better Have My Money," "FourFiveSeconds," and "American Oxygen") will be on there. Are you excited for ANTI?

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Written by Eric Diep

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