Rihanna is one of the most popular pop stars in the world and her eight studio albums have sold over a million copies. She is also the founder and CEO of two cosmetics companies, Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty.
As a result of her massive success, Rihanna has become a celebrity and has even been portrayed in several movies like Battleship (2012), This Is the End (2013), and Ocean's 8 (2018). She is also a famous singer and songwriter, and has sung on a number of songs in her career.
Her first single off her eighth album, Anti is called “Work”. This song features Drake and has been a big hit among fans worldwide.
Throughout the chorus, Rihanna talks about how she is working hard to achieve her goals and going through a lot of dirt for her dreams to come true. She says that it is a difficult thing to do, and she goes on to say that there is no better feeling than knowing that she has found someone to share her dreams with.
While some people are confused by the lyrics of this song, others seem to be more captivated by its meaning. This is because the song is sung in patois, which is a local language that is spoken in various Caribbean cultures including Jamaica and Barbados.
The linguistic repertoire of a singer reflects her ethnic background and is a way for them to do identity work (Gibson&Bell 2011). It is not a surprise that she draws on Caribbean features in this song. This is not the first time that she has done so, and it is a reaffirmation of her Caribbean roots.