R8: ANTi

Last night in LA Rihanna finally revealed the cover art for her long awaited 8th studio album entitled “ANTi”. The artwork features an actual baby photo of Rih with a crown over her eyes holding a balloon done by one of favorite artist, Roy Nachum. Also, inscribed across the front and back covers is a poem written in Braille by Chloe Mitchell. The poem entitled If They Let Us reads:

“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 [sic] 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…”

There is still no release date for ANTi but the anticipation is only increasing from here.


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