Man Down by Rihanna
Rihanna is a popular Canadian-Barbadian recording artist. She is also an accomplished fashion designer and actress. The song ‘Man Down’ is a part of her fifth studio album ‘Loud’ which was released in 2010.
The single was recorded in Westlake Recording Studios by renowned producer Kuk Harell with able assistance from Bobby Campbell. Music recoding was done at The Village by Cary Clark while the mixing was done by Manny Marroquin. The track was written by four people with the most notable contribution by Shama ‘Sak Pase’ Joseph.
The shooting for the video of this song took place in April 2011 in Jamaica. The director of this video is Anthony Mandler. Mandler also happens to be an old associate who had previously worked for two of Rihanna’s famous music videos ‘Rehab’ and ‘Take a Bow’. The video is 5:40 seconds long and takes the form of a narrative in flashback. The production by Sham of the Juggernauts has also given its own distinct flavor to the whole project.
The video talks about a girl who has been assaulted by a man in a night club and she chooses to take a violent turn and kill that man on a busy public place. The video then dives into the flashback narrating the story of how an innocent girl next door Rihanna went to a club one day and met the man she later shot. A little bit of harmless club flirtation leads to a series of events not shown in the video directly, but signifying that Rihanna was completely shattered after it took place. It was mostly indicating towards a violent assault. With a few Reggae and signature Caribbean melodies by the singer, the video ends with Rihanna running away with a gun, which is also suggested by a part in the lyrics ‘leave the town’.
In this video, Rihanna has been victimized to a crime and she remorsefully confesses her act of murder. A simple playful visit to the club turned into something dark and gloomy which provoked the girl to kill the man who assaulted her. It is to be understood here that the song, and more importantly, the video is not about glorifying murder or illegal acts. It describes the plight of a woman who has been put through unpleasant circumstances. She is not only remorseful but confused as to what her next step would be. She also indulges in self blame and finally flees from town to avoid getting caught.