Rihanna Teases Fans With New Album Artwork
Music Mix Daily Staff
Rihanna fans got a wonderful surprise last night when the singer revealed artwork for her next album. At Los Angeles’ Mama Gallery, an Israeli artist named Roy Nachum displayed the artwork he had designed for Rihanna’s next album. While Rihanna waited nearby, a black sheet was pulled from the top of the works, revealing it to fans and press alike. Not only that, Rihanna herself officially shared the title of the new album: Anti.
The cover image certainly gives us a lot to think about. Not only is there a picture of Rihanna as a child holding a black balloon and blind due to a gold crown running like a visor across her eyes, but there is also a poem written over the entire piece in, surprisingly enough, Braille. The poem was written by Chloe Mitchell, who has previously worked with Kanye West. West is the executive producer of Anti and may be how Rihanna and artist Roy Nachum connected originally.
While Nachum may be new to collaboration with Rihanna, he has incorporated Braille into previous works as well. Rihanna heaped praise on the New York based artist, claiming “He sees things beyond the surface…He really interpreted it [the album] in his own way, with exactly the message I wanted.” As for the theme of vision and blindness, as seen in all the album artwork, Rihanna explained during the event that “sometimes the ones who have sight are the blindest.” Still, the singer seemed happy she could see the artwork, stating it is her favorite album artwork so far!
While Rihanna left us hanging on a release date, we’ve already heard three singles from the musician that may end up on Anti: the raucous “Bitch Better Have My Money,” the Kanye-Paul McCartney collaboration track “FourFiveSeconds“ and the less popular “American Oxygen.” Regardless of what songs appear on Anti, we know fans will be itching to grab it off the shelves – it will be Rihanna’s first album since 2012’s Unapologetic – a long time for such a popular artist who usually releases a new set of material every two to three years.