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  • +21
    General Comment

    A "Rude Boy" is a Jamaican term for a juvenile delinquent. It's a term used frequently in Reggae music. In my interpretation, this song is about Rihanna wishing to have sex with a misbehaved young Jamaican gentleman.

    "Come here rude boy boy can you get it up? Come here rude boy boy is you big enough?"

    Here, the narrator wishes to ensure that the young Jamaican with whom she wishes to have sex has a big penis, and can maintain an erection for an adequate period of sexual intercourse.

    "Take it, take it, baby baby Take it, take it, love me, love me"

    The repetition of "take it," "baby" and "love me" combine to emphasize that the narrator is really horny.

    "Babe if I don't feel it I ain't faking no-no"

    Although the narrator strongly wishes for the young delinquent to insert his erect penis inside of her vagina, she assures him that if the sex isn't good, she will not pretend it is by faking an orgasm.

    "Tonight I'mma let you be the captain Tonight I'mma let you do your thing, yeah Tonight I'mma let you be a rider Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up babe"

    After inspecting his goods, and setting the ground rules, the narrator gives the Rude Boy the power to take the lead. She permits him to be on top in order to "ride her." This allows the Rude Boy a sense of control and masculinity by taking charge of this operation.

    In conclusion, I think this song is about Rihanna fucking some dude.

    Maniac Copon March 09, 2010   Link
  • +5
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    I'm not a fan of Rhianna, I just came here because wondered what a rude boy was, lol. I don't see how this sends young girls a message that is any worse than the rest of the over-sexualized stuff on television/radio. in fact, this is sort of better. At least she is taking control of her own sexuality and owning it...she's doing it for HER, not to please some guy. I understand why guys would prefer the "how can I please you?" porno attitude of most starlets, but as far as young women are concerned, being the master of your own sexual experience is pretty much a good idea.

    Crystalline888on June 09, 2010   Link
  • +4
    Song Meaning

    Sometimes songs about love are sweet and sentimental. This 'aint one of those songs. This is a song about a woman who challenges her lover to take her hard, to take her roughly, almost as much out of anger as passion. It is a song about a woman's sexual freedom.

    The listener has to wonder if this song is less meant for the guy she is with now, but perhaps to make a past controlling or domineering lover jealous.

    earthsunon January 06, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    I couldn't agree with Crystalline888 more. I rarely listen to Rihanna, yet see no harm with this song.

    @ those who complain about how sexually consumed our culture has become... perhaps Saudi Arabia (or many Middle Eastern countries) would be a better fit for you. There, you may have all the censorship, restriction, male-domination, and sexual prohibition your little heart desires. America exercises hegemony over the world (i.e. is the most powerful nation in the world) precisely because of our love of freedom, including freedom of the media.

    @ those who call Rihanna, and people who enjoy Rihanna's music, all sorts of vulgar, double-digit IQ words, may I simply say: much of the music sung/rapped/ranted, etc...by male artists are just as sexually charged as this song, and actually a whole lot more. Yet no one seems to be bothered. The fact of the matter, my friends, is that females are much more sexually restricted and censored than their male counterparts, as evidenced even by this thread. Do you call everyone who listens to Lil Wayne a slut, whore, etc? No, you don't - even though his lyrics are a hundred times more raunchy. Take "Lollipop," a number one hit, for example: "she lick lick lick me like a lollipop." So if you nutcases are going to be offended and "concerned" about anything, I suggest you start with artists like Lil Wayne.

    @ my girl Crystalline888. You are so right. Men (and sadly, even women) seem to reject this song precisely because Rihanna is taking control of her sexuality. So often, women are so so so completely marginalized in bed, and giving men pleasure and control is emphasized... Rihanna seems to suggest that women need to re-think this, and think equally about themselves, sexually: "Babe if I don't feel it I ain't faking no-no." I feel this song can easily be read as a female-equality message. THANK YOU RIHANNA!

    Finally...a lot of you soooooo need to chill. Chillax. Relax. Calm down. Lighten up. What have you. Damn, it just seems like there are so many ignorant, narrow-minded, sexist, vulgar people around.

    berkeley707on June 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    i love this song and i tihnk rihanna is a great artists.this song is about sex,noe doubtt.i think its about how she wants him to take control or her taking control of their sex life.like her feeling powerful during sex.im not sure if i wuite explained it the way i really see it but its pretty obiocous its about sex. i always think that people need to calm down when theres songs about sex being played on the radio.sex is part of life,its important to people,its a a real thing and you cant keep people from talking about it or hearing about it.people that have kids,your kids are gonna find out about this stuff anywayss and eventually theyll be doin it too (not tryin to sound rude but its the truth).then again im not a parent but eventually youre gonna have to stop keepin the stuff covered up.just make sure kids understand thats its part of life but its not something they need to be part of right awayy.

    RomanceGrl802on May 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Hey you guys, GROW UP! Yeah it's about sex, get over it.If you want to bash Rihanna for singing about it, bash EVERY other hiphop/pop song out there. Because that's what they're all about. And this isn't near as graphic as other songs I hear. It's a good, catchy song. I love Rihanna, shes a fabulous artist and a tough ass woman.

    CapricornChickieon August 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
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    The impression I get from this song is that it's supposed to be ironic. The narrator is so tired of males constantly coming on to her in a pushy way (and they probably don't expect anything to actually happen), and eventually she gets fed up and challenges them right back (calling their bluff).

    Random male fan: "I want you. insert lewd gesture Rihanna: "Okay, fine. You want me? Then let's go."

    Concertoon October 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    best song on the album. ;) definitely the best beat, 'cause mr. swire is boss. ;P

    [Edit: UjAe]
    minutemanon November 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    not to mention any names on here but just because i happen to enjoy this song doesnt make me a slut.im nothing like that at all.you cant always judge someone based upon a song they like and you cant just admit someones a slut or whatever when you dont even know them based upon their choice of music.

    RomanceGrl802on May 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is beautiful and amazing. I wish i could get paid millions to speak my thoughts! aha.

    my idea of this song is "hey, we're going to make love, but it's going to be dirty and hard. So show me what you got."

    there's nothing wrong with that either. Its good music!

    bellectoron June 01, 2010   Link

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