By Manal Museitef |Managing Editor|
Very few artists have had as many hits in their career as Rihanna. I’m talking about Billboard hits, relax.
The Barbados princess of Rocafella rose to fame quicker than we can say her full name, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty. Since Jay-Z signed her on the spot in an impromptu audition in 2003 the 24-year-old has become one of the most consistent and influential pop stars of all time.
I had the chance to catch Rihanna on her fifth stop of the “Diamonds World Tour” at the Honda Center in Anaheim Tuesday night.
Doors opened at approximately 6:30 p.m. The crowds began to creep in and before I knew it the lights began to dim, as I prepared for A$AP Rocky to take the stage.
The rising hip-hop artist released his critically acclaimed album Long.Live.A$AP back in January and has been on promotional tours all around the world. The Harlem rapper finally took the stage around 8:30 p.m. His stage featured props inspired from his video for single “Long.Live.A$AP.,” clean white mountainous backdrops and a black and white throne.
Rocky approached the stage in an Alexander Wang inspired look, a white zip-jacket draped over a grey tank, and played with proportion with a pair of white shorts over white long john thermals. Rocky stood with his arms spread out, absorbing the sea of roars from the audience.
Members from A$AP Mob joined Rocky on stage while he performed several songs from his debut album as well as tracks from his 2011 mixtape Live.Love.A$AP.
Crowds rapped along to popular tracks such “Jodye,” “Wild for the Night,” “Wassup,” and his renowned hits “Peso” and “Goldie.” Rocky even spit his verse from fellow rapper Schoolboy Q’s “Hands on the Wheel.” The rapper kept the crowd hyped up and ready to go for Rihanna with his closer, “F***in Problems.”
Around 10:30, it was time for the main attraction, RiRi was set to hit the stage. The Islander ascended from the stage in a “dark and romantic” black floor-length ruffled silk-crepe cape (pictured on pg. 7). The piano melody from, “Mother Mary” began playing and two Greek statues project on the screen behind her, setting a deep and intense tone for the audience.
Her voice was surprisingly better live, and she hit every note right on key.
After a few lines from this track, Rihanna lowered back under the stage and charged out from the top of the stage in a beautiful Givenchy black and gold number.
She strutted down to “Phresh out the Runway,” in her signature charming and sexy way and belted out her hit singles, “Pour it Up,” and “Cockiness,” in the first act.
In act two Rihanna came out with a bang in a custom rock ‘n roll inspired two piece. Bright flames shot out from the sides of the stage during “Rockstar 101,” and she even took us all the way back with a reminiscent performance of “Umbrella.”
She got a little crazy in her third act while performing to some of our favorite RiRi joints such as “Rude Boy,” and “What’s My Name.”
In act four the stage was illuminated with green and purple lasers that urged the audience to be on their toes the entire time.
After the upbeat dance party Rihanna slowed down and packed on the heat in a hot red two piece gown as she performed the steamy ”Loveeeeeee Song”, and the old school “Hate That I Love You.”
She got even more emotional with her last set and performed the love ballad, “Stay.” Rihanna closed with the ever-popular “Diamonds” in her final look, a beautiful grey beaded jumpsuit custom made by Lanvin.
With a complete five act concert Rihanna showed her influence in pop, R&B, techno and even a side of hip-hop throughout the whole show, making her one of the most diverse and relevant artists of our generation.
The international sensation is continuing her tour all the way through until July, to prove to the world that she truly is the good girl gone bad.