With her father’s death, Rihanna has been trying to make sense of the grief she has experienced and has been working to make sure that her new album is the one that she truly deserves.
“My dad was the best.
I think that’s why I’m the one I am.
My dad was a great father.
I love my dad.
I really do.
I’m just trying to get through it,” she told Us Weekly at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
“And I think I’m in the best place I’ve ever been.
I feel really good about that, but I think in a way, that’s also why I think it’s important for me to talk about it because I’m still in the middle of it and I think this is the time to talk to everybody.”
Rihanna has made a habit of being the voice of reason in the rap community.
When she launched her career as a singer and songwriter, she was also a woman of color, having grown up in Queens, New York.
“I always thought I was supposed to be the one to take the spotlight,” she said, “but that’s just not the case.
I’ve been the voice for a lot of people, but people have to be seen.
That’s the role that I’ve always played and I’m very proud of that.
And the way that I approach it is that it’s my job to try to tell the story of this, but it’s also my job, it’s like, ‘Alright, let’s do this story.’
And then when I feel like the story is done, I feel that my role is done.”
Ridley Scott’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was one of the first movies she ever saw as a child, and she says it was one that helped her understand what racism is.
“It’s one of those things where it’s hard to say what that movie is, but Scott Pilgrim is about that.
It’s about people who are struggling,” she explained.
“I’m a huge fan of Scott Pilgrim.
And I think if you look at the history of racism, racism is very much the way in which racism has been.
And Scott Pilgrim really was about the way racism has become a thing.”