04. Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
If you’re only going to put out a few minutes of music in a year, you’d better make up for it with some Tarantino-worthy visuals. Rihanna mostly kept things quiet in 2015 (so far), but when she spoke up, she spoke loud. The girl gang revenge fantasy that accompanies her extended cut of the slamming “Bitch Better Have My Money” holds nothing back. Rih is out for blood, and she won’t sleep until she’s dripping with it.
Co-directed with MegaForce, the “BBHMM” video details the dial-up to a bloodbath with a slew of trippy camerawork and immediately iconic shots (who didn’t lose their mind when Rihanna threw her phone off that yacht and then shot it out of the air with a handgun?). The lens lingers on the often uncomfortable specifics of Rihanna and her cronies abducting and torturing her ex-accountant’s trophy wife, but it’s hard not to cheer for the singer as she hones in on the dude who screwed her over. Nobody crosses Rihanna and gets away with it — and it’s refreshing as ever to see her indulge tropes of cinematic violence with abandon.