The newly-released visuals finds the Barbadian singer/actress, who gave birth to her and A$AP Rocky’s first child in May, singing the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ soundtrack on the beachside.
AceShowbiz -Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” has received a music video treatment. The “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack was released on Friday, October 28, hours after the song hit streaming services.
The clip finds the Barbadian superstar singing the emotional ballad on the beachside near an open fire. Footage of scenes from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” also plays in between.
“Lift me up/ hold me down/ keep me close, safe and sound,” RiRi sings on the track, which marks her first solo single in six years. “Drowning in an endless sea/ Take some time and stay with me/ Keep me in the strength of your arms. Keep me safe/ Safe and sound.”
The movie’s director Ryan Coogler previously explained why RiRi was the perfect fit for the tune. “Rihanna, man, we knew she was at a point in her life as well where she was focusing on different things – focused on business, motherhood, which is a big theme in our fil,” he said when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter.
“We were holding out hope that maybe it could work out and boy did it for this song,” the filmmaker further elaborated. “I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
Rihanna gave birth to her first child, a baby boy, with A$AP Rocky in May. The song is also “a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman,” the beloved late actor who starred as the titular character, whose real name is T’Challa, in the original 2018 blockbuster.
He was not recast in “Wakanda Forever”, which is set to hit cinemas on November 11. However, co-writer and helmer Ryan made sure to keep Chadwick’s family and creative contacts in the loop on the re-write.
“Chadwick had people who were in his life creatively, as well as family, and we were in close contact with those people, very close specifically with his wife, Simone, and his creative partner Logan Coles,” Ryan added. “We were staying tapped in with them as much as we could, and it gave us the space to create, but obviously we were seeking out their opinion all the time. We’re looking forward to sharing it with everybody.”
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