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Is Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money' Video A Feminist Protest? We Asked One Of Its Directors

Earlier this week, Rihanna released the hella-NSFW video for 'Bitch Better Have My Money', in which she and a group of friends kidnap and torture the wife of an accountant thought to be based on the one who allegedly nearly bankrupted her in 2008. Unsurprisingly, given Rhi spends big chunks of the video covered in blood, wielding chainsaws and cavorting naked, it's had the internet in a spin - but what's it all about? We tracked down Leo Berne, one fourth of director group Megaforce, to get a better sense of the dizzying short film's meaning.

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20 Years Later, D'Angelo's 'Brown Sugar' Is Still The Most Chill Thing Ever

Michael Archer, a son of a preacher man, was barely out of his teens when he unleashed his debut album: a record of such lusty sophistication and debauchery, it sounded like it was cut in the dead of night by some bugged-out genius, not a kid who probably still sweated under the collar every time he bought booze. You can still practically hear the sound of weed smoke blowing from the speakers when you listen to the extraordinary ‘Brown Sugar’, released 20 years ago today under the man’s stage name: D’Angelo. Packed with shades of Al Green, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye and Prince, it was a sleeper hit that eventually made him a mega star, with an influence that has since hung heavy over everyone from Erykah Badu to Jungle.

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There's A True Life Tale Behind Rihanna's Violent Revenge Fantasy New Video

Don’t fuck with Rihanna. Not unless you want to end up torn to shreds with a chainsaw, while your spouse swings naked upside down in a warehouse like abattoir meat. That’s the message, anyway, behind her new video for ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’, which has steadily been acquiring comparisons to Quentin Tarantino’s golden run of 1990s cinema-nasties since it hit the internet earlier this week. Yes, it’s got the torture scenes and ultra-violence of Reservoir Dogs, as many have pointed out. But the Tarantino movie it most resembles is arguably 2009's Inglourious Basterds: his history-skewing World War II movie, in which a team of American soldiers led by Brad Pitt team team up to brutally slaughter Hitler. Eli Roth, one of the film's titular Basterds, called it a Jewish revenge fantasy: "kosher porn! It's something I dreamed since I was a kid."

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Team Sleep And Deftones' Chino Moreno On The Dangerous Thrill Of Live Albums

Team Sleep, Deftones' Chino Moreno's dreamy electronic side-project, release 'Woodstock Sessions Vol. 4' on July 10 - their first official album in a decade. Recorded in front of a audience at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, New York, it's a live album with a twist. We caught up with Moreno to hear about why live albums matter. Be sure to also check out a brand new song from the record, 'Ever (Foreign Flag)', premiered at the bottom of the page.

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