The video for Rihanna’s awesome new single “Only Girl (In the World)” was released today, and it’s giving me more than shades of Kelis. It’s giving me firework explosions of Kelis and running through desolate fields of Kelis. Compare and contrast these stills from Rihanna’s “Only Girl” video with those of the video of “Fourth of July” by Kelis.
When I first heard Rihanna’s new single, I thought, wow she is doing just what Kelis did earlier this year: She’s coming out with a gay dance album. That’s cool, I love “Only Girl” and hope the whole album reaches that standard of pop goodness. But it looks like Rihanna is coming for Kelis in more ways than just her sound, but also very specific themes of her video.
Watch both videos after the jump and decide for yourself.