When Rihanna released S&M in 2010, many believed the song to be of a sexual nature.
The lyrics may paint the picture of a raucous night out, but Rihanna has opened up about the true meaning behind her words.
What does S&M mean in Rihanna’s song?
In an S&M song, Rihanna sings about chains, whips, and sex.
However, she has revealed that the song has a double meaning – one that has not been rated R.
“The song may be taken too literally, but it’s actually a very allegorical song,” she told Vogue in 2011, according to Sydney Morning Herald,
“It’s about the love-hate relationship with the media and how pleasant the pain is sometimes.
“We feed it — or I do. And that was a very personal message I was trying to get across,” she continued.
As far as the music video is concerned, Rihanna wanted fans to get a deeper look at the real meaning of the song.
“I wanted the video to say that, but still go off the S&M theme,” she said at the time.
“And I mean, wow, people went crazy. They just watched the sex. And when I watch that video, I don’t see that at all. I wanted it to be cheeky. There’s no other way to take it.” “
What are the lyrics of S&M?
Although the lyrics may have a double meaning, the lyrics don’t leave much to the imagination.
For chorus, Rihanna croons: “Cause I may be bad but I’m totally good at it / Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it / Sticks and stones can break my bones / But chains And the whips excite me.”
Knowing the exact meaning of the song, the lyrics can reflect both the sexual relationship and a celebrity’s relationship with the media.
The words “sticks and stones may break my bones” are often combined with “but the words will never hurt me”.
As for Rihanna, the media is likely to consider words that won’t hurt her – she can be talked about, but she won’t let it get to her, as per her lyrics.
Continuing the song, Rihanna sings: “If I’m bad then tie me up / Shut me up, shut me up and tie me up / ‘Cause pain is my joy / Nothing comes better.”
As Rihanna said, the song can be taken literally. But they can also reveal the up-and-down relationships that celebrities often have with the media.
Who is Rihanna dating?
Rihanna is currently in a relationship with the rapper A$AP Rocky,
The two have been friends for years, but took their relationship a step further in 2020.
in a 2021 interview with GQ, Rocky called Rihanna “my lady” and “the love of my life”.
“Much better when you got ‘the one.’ He’s probably, like the other guys, worth a million,” he said.
“I guess when you know, you know. That’s what it is.”
In September 2021, the couple made their debut on the red carpet at the Met Gala.
Prior to Rocky, Rihanna has been linked to various men including Travis Scott, Drake and Hassan Jameel,
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