“Bad (Remix)” feat. Rihanna
This is a pretty big deal. Rihanna has never gotten on a rap remix, to our knowledge. We were only previewed the first hook and first verse of this new version of Wale’s inescapable single; there are high expectations for this song, and Martin was given strict orders not to play any further. Rihanna ups original guest vocalist Tiara Thomas’ ante and proceeds to tear down the place. She injects this crazy/beautiful combination of sadness and sexiness that only Rih can do, singing, confidently, “Hood girls just want a real n***a.” (On the original version, Wale said, “Hood girls want a smart n***a”; point, counterpoint.) Clean up your apartment, this song will be around all summer.