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Archived: Rihanna, Drake Deliver Caribbean Heat In BRAND NEW ‘Work’ Video

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“Work, Work, Work, Work, Work… Work…” Seems to be just about everybody’s melodious refrain these days. It’s been blaring from just about every urban frequency across the length and breadth of the Caribbean and not to mention the U.S.

Yesterday, amid much anticipated build up, Grammy Award winner, Rihanna dropped the video for her song “Work” which features rap’s golden boy, Drake. The single’s the Bajan beauty’s eighth off her studio album “ANTI”.

Trinidad's Carib beer makes a cameo in the video.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Carib beer makes a cameo in the video.

With heavy Caribbean influence in the song itself by way of the beat and Caribbean patois that resonates from RiRi’s lips, it only made sense to have a Caribbean infused music video! True to her island roots, Rihanna and the crew maintained a fairly simple theme but highlighted strong Caribbean elements that had many of us ‘bigging up’ the Bajan beauty on social media yesterday.

At 58 seconds in, many Trinbagonians would have been excited to see a pail of Carib beer being carried through the dance. A guy opening a Jamaican Red Stripe beer with his mouth and the sight of some Jamaican jerk chicken and even a blunt being rolled, would have projected that true Caribbean essence that can only be truly adapted by someone who knows and understands the scene in these parts. As now the norm, Jamaica got its fair share of publicity with the Rastafarian ites, green and gold on full display throughout the vid. And hey, we can’t forget that knitted ites, green and gold dress Rihanna rocks as she shows off her sultry Caribbean wine on her candidate of choice, Champagne Papi himself- DRAKE!

A scene from Rihanna and Drake's video, "Work"

A scene from Rihanna and Drake’s video, “Work”

The video seems to have been set in a Caribbean restaurant/ nightclub and much like Rihana’s video for “Man Down” did a few years ago, this one captures and delivers to her global audience, a quick but precise statement- “Caribbean people are passionate about life!”

Toward the end of the video fans are offered an extra tease that sees Rihanna and Drake in a more intimate setting, this time with pink lighting. The video was directed by Director X, who has worked with the likes of Sean Paul on the videos for “Gimme the Light”, “Get Busy” and “I’m Still in Love” and Rihanna on her video for “Pon De Replay”. He’s even done videos for Drake, R. Kelly, The Game, Usher, Kanye West, Nelly, Jay-Z and other big names in the music biz.

Now, in case you missed it, check out the video here:

 

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Sexy, Dominating, Bossy. Hoodcelebrityy’s So Pretty Alongside Kash Doll.

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Female star power can no longer be categorised as merely sporadic, or dismissed as isolated, as this past year has seen the ladies topping the charts and holding their own alongside their male-counterparts. Among those who trod on fiercely, carrying the flag of female empowerment are Jamaican-born dancehall singer-songwriter Hoodcelebrityy and rapper Kash Doll. 

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On a mission to unite and entertain the world through music, the multi-talented pair have released “SO PRETTY”, a hit-bound track celebrating women’s beauty and independence worldwide. According to a media statement issued by Destine Media, the song is an anthem for women everywhere to unite with each other and embrace their differences. It is the call for women to use their power, unite with who they truly are, and liberate themselves from patriarchal standards. 

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Known for her self-esteem boosting international chart topping singe, “Walking Trophy”, Hoodcelebrityy spoke on the song’s inspiration, and her collaboration with BET Award nominee for Best Female Hip Hop Artist Kash Doll, saying, “I wrote the song “So Pretty” to let women of all nationalities know that they are all beautiful. I wanted to show my appreciation for diversity and that beauty comes in all shades. I also wanted to let girls know that beauty can stem from confidence in oneself . That’s why I had to get Kash Doll on this. She exudes confidence and has such a boss mentality. Her independent mindset is inspiring,” she said. 

As this tumultuous year comes to a close, let us not forget that 2020 marks the year of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting the woman’s constitutional right to vote. It is therefore only right to celebrate women’s independence and “SO PRETTY” does just that. 

Paired with a provocative, sexy video, which premiered on Complex, “SO PRETTY” is available worldwide beginning today, on all major streaming platforms and digital outlets, and even on Hoodcelebrityy’s  official YouTube channel.

SOURCE: Destine Media PR.

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Machel’s Melee Cruise Offering Refunds, but Date Moved to 2022.

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Machel Montano’s proving to be a stand up guy. You know how some companies hate giving refunds?…well, seems like the Monk and his cohorts at Tribe Carnival, understanding of the current climate, and the global economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, are extending an olive branch to fetters.

In a YouTube message posted last week, Machel is heard explaining why the inaugural Melee cruise, which was originally carded to sail in May 2021, has been pushed back.

He said plans are still ongoing, but explained that for those who have been strongly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing them to reconsider sailing with the Melee family, refunds would be afforded.

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