Wednesday, May 30, 2007


OK now bajan people don't get too upset wid muh.

Look I love the fact that Rihanna is bajan and that she's doing her thing. Much respect. I thought the debut album had nuff potential although I will argue that the sophomore attempt while doing just as well or better on the market left a bit to be desired in terms of the quality of work. To me it felt a bit rushed, not as focused or sharp as the debut but in this music game I guess you've got to be constantly pushing new material or the fickle teenagers and 18-34 demographic will forget about you in a hurry. Mind you, you can also annoy the hell out of the listeners with too much lackluster material too quickly. Ask Ja Rule.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketSo now she's prepping a third album. Third album in just about three years. Yes she's on Def Jam but does she have to release albums at the pace of the commercial rappers? I mean look at some of the guys on Def Jam who worked at that pace; DMX is out there somewhere getting arrested or high, Ja Rule fell off hard and even Luda is starting to sound a bit jaded.

Is Rihanna locked into a really bad contract and trying to fulfil her album requirements as soon as possible? Or are her handlers afraid that we'll forget about her, amidst all the young wannabe divas, if she's not constantly in our ears?

Anyways that's not even what I wanted to speak on. I know everyone must have heard Rihanna's Umbrella song by now. Its in constant rotation and from what I saw of the video its kind of hot too.

For me though I just want to say that while the song has a catchy tune it just seems like it has only one word....... Umbrella. And how do I put this tactfully? Rhianna singing that word Umbrella over and over is sort of annoying. (the sort of part was my attempt at tact in case you missed it) Especially as she pronounces it Um-ba-rel-la.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way?

All I'm asking is who pronounces Umbrella, Um-ba-rel-la? Anybody ever look at you and say 'buddy that rain just hit outta nowhere I could share that um-ba-rel-la with you?'

Where did she get that pronunciation from? That ain't even a word. I mean I could forgive her if she was speaking bajan and pronounced it 'am-brella' or something similar cause I would put that down to well she just throw in a lil' bajan thing there but Um-ba-rel-la? Which part she get this Um-ba-rel-la foolishness from? Aint no ba in umbrella. I know she couldnt learn nuttin so up Waterford. The word has two, sorry three syllables; Um-brell-a. Ain't no four syllables in there, no Um-ba-rel-la. I mean I hear 'bout Barbarella and Spindarella (not a fella but a girl dj) but never in my life about no um-ba-rel-la.

Looka Rihanna listen to me. Next time if ya cant pronounce it properly forget this Um-ba-rel-la foolishness stick ta what ya know and call um a parasol.


Charles Follymacher said...

Under my um ba rel la
Under my um ba rel la
Under my um ba rel la
...(ad infinitum)

really, i don't see what's not to like.

BajanSistren said...

All I know is that I writing a song. Lemme see...I got some cute shoes hey, I could get at least three verses.

AirBourne said...

Thank you my bro, could not have put it better - but don't let that stop you from checking what I said about her new song, even get a mild cuss too! LOL

Abeni said...

Ashamed to say I haven't heard it. Saw the end of it on vh1 a coupla nights back so I can't comment as yet:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

She musta get it from here...I did hear somebody say am-ba-rella.

You're right about the cranking out of music...looks like the managers / whoever / whatever overwork those new, hot singers, overexpose them...then the poor gals burn out. Hope it doesn't happen to Rihanna.

Crankyputz said...

Seriously who does say umbrella that way?

Well now I do, every single time I say one in my head i repeat 'ella ella ella'

Amadeo said...

I heard this today and it irked me to no end.

scratchie said...

um-ba-rella is very Jamaican too. Wonder if she's been moonlighting here. dwl.

It fits right in there with voilence instead of violence and and cer-fit-ticate instead of certificate.

SimplEnigma said...

As a Jamaican, I've NEVER heard another Jamaican say umbarella.

LOL...Notice that every female who associates with Jay-Z suddenly develops a penchant for nonsensical lyrics? I love Rihanna, the song is catchy, the beat is catchy and she looks phenomenal in the video...but the lyrics are eerily reminiscent of Miss B's latest releases. All dance and no substance.

esskaym said...

Thank God I am not the only person that feels this way. I CANNOT stand the song and the bee-zarre pronounciation. What gives? I switch the radio station when it comes on. And yeah I wonder about the 3 album in 3 year thing too. Anyone hear from Ashanti recently? She blew up and blew away quick quick.

GC (God's Child) said...

I was asking about her on the weekend for the sake of that umbrella song. A friend expressed concern for her. Said her accent was getting "muddy"

Mad Bull said...

LOL! Its true though, like Mims she is selling a mill while not saying much on the track.

SimplEnigma said...

LMAO @ Madbull...That line kills me everytime I hear it. It's like the dude confirms that his lyrics are wack.

Anonymous said...

That song is mad annoying.

Luke Cage said...

I've never heard the song, but it sounds like all are in agreement that it is just plain annoying. But for some reason, I bet it's climbing up the charts isn't it?

Bygbaby said...

I don't listen to the radio because I am sick of the crap they play so I never heard this song but the other day I caught the end of the video & I not impressed.

Overall Rihanna is a beautiful girl, but I think her talents stops with her looks & limited dance skills.


Lucha said...

I wont get angry with any of you. That is pointless as you are entitled to your own opinions. I will jus say that I believe most of you are ignorant to the style of rihanna. Rihanna is not one dimensional and so the major change in genre from her number one singles is not shocking to me. Secondly the idea of repeating umbrella is musically defined as a hook. Besides she has 2 verses and bridge so it is not to say that she only says umbrella. As for her pronunciation of umbrella. It is a bajan thing. At least she keeps a sense of who she is in all of her songs. I will conclude by saying that all Caribbean people should be greatful that we have a true West Indian born bred and raised out there promoting these islands in a way that no other person has managed to do before her...BIG UP TO RIHANNA girl do your thing...

Liquid Soap said...

I think that the pronunciation achieved its goal..after all everyone is talking about it.About Rihanna putting out albums...does anyone else notice that with each new album she reinvents herself abit. I think that she or her managers or whoever is just trying to keep her fresh and in the limelight but for all the right reasons in a market full of divas who last about 2 scandals or one hit song then just dissappear.On a final note, it is entirely possible she could have learned that pronunciation at cawmere everyone knows they are a step backwards lol

Lola Gets said...

Ok, I was always hearing the "ella, ah, ah eh" part of the song on the radio, until one day, when I decided to actually listen to the entire song. And, to my suprise, I liked it! The verses are kinda good! And the way she pronounces umbrella reminds me of Nelly Furtado (not a great thing, but itll do).