A Line-By-Line Analysis of “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna

April 10, 2015 / by / 5 Comments

A consummate professional and savvy businesswoman, Rihanna cares deeply about making sound investments. In no song does RiRi express this passion like her ode to maximizing returns on investments, “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Here is National Ave‘s line-by-line analysis of Rihanna’s smash hit about protecting financial returns:

Yayo, yayo
Moo-la-lah
Yayo

Like a CEO controlling a board meeting, Rihanna ensures she has the full attention of her audience. Further, she pulls out a classic TED Talk strategy by starting her address with a loaded single-word value statement – “Moo-la-lah.” From the get-go, Rihanna wants everyone to know that she’s strictly here to discuss business.

Bitch better have my money!
Y’all should know me well enough
Bitch better have my money!
Please don’t call me on my bluff
Pay me what you owe me

Rihanna is a hands-on investor – she knows exactly what she paid and the guaranteed rate of return. She does not take kindly to people who assume ignorance from her based upon her sex-positive attitude and support of recreational drug use. RiRi wants her listeners to understand that she’s more than capable of handling her financial issues, and she won’t hesitate to take severe but constructive measures to ensure she receives the money she has earned.

Ballin’ bigger than LeBron
Bitch, give me your money
Who y’all think y’all frontin’ on?
Like brrap, brrap, brrap

Rihanna employs the rhetorical tools of metaphor, onomatopoeia, and exaggeration to emphasize her status as a successful money manager. While Rihanna doesn’t play basketball, comparing herself to a successful basketball player implies that she is very successful in her own field. Further the onomatopoeia of “brrap brrap brrap,” words affiliated with the sound of guns, is meant to point out that Rihanna will go to extreme lengths to get her money. She obviously won’t kill someone (there’s the exaggeration), but she’s certainly willing to get her hands dirty.

Louis XIII and it’s all on me, nigga you just bought a shot
Kamikaze if you think that you gon’ knock me off the top
Shit, your wife in the backseat of my brand new foreign car

Not only is Rihanna a consummate business person, she’s also a student of history. Here, the “Pon de Replay” songstress further emphasizes her uncompromising views by calling upon Louis XIII of France, the first absolute monarch, and the Kamikaze – the relentless fighting force of the unbreakable WWII Japanese air force. Rihanna’s unwillingness to lose her investments isn’t just severe, it’s historically strong. Also she’s going to have sex with your wife.

Don’t act like you forgot, I call the shots, shots, shots
Like brrap, brrap, brrap
Pay me what you owe me, don’t act like you forgot

Do you really not get it yet? RIHANNA NEEDS HER MONEY. This is the Steve Jobs of female hip hop/pop stars under 30 you’re talking to – and she’s getting sick of your wavering.

Bitch better have my money!
Bitch better have my money!
Pay me what you owe me
Bitch better have my (bitch better have my)
Bitch better have my (bitch better have my)
Bitch better have my money!

Alright, motherfuckers. This has gone on long enough. Rihanna tried to utilize the whole “sound investor” and “respectful business person” method on you, but apparently that just won’t work. SO PAY HER THAT GODDAMN MONEY, BITCH.

Turn up to Rihanna while the whole club fuckin’ wasted
Every time I drive by, I’m the only thing you’re playin’
In a drop top, doin’ hundred, y’all in my rearview mirror racin’
Where y’all at? Where y’all at? Where y’all at?
Like brrap, brrap, brrap

Listen up, loser: Remember when I said that “brrap, brrap, brrap” was only a fancy onomatopoeic exaggeration meant to demonstrate Rihanna’s seriousness? I LIED. SHE WILL KILL YOU FOR THAT MONEY. She’s going to pull up in her million-dollar car and drop you like you’re Iggy Azaela’s career. Then she’s going to drive off and not think about it ever again. You’ll be dead, and she’ll still be Rihanna – so just pay her already. Rihanna will not hesitate to Wayne Brady all over your ass.

Louis XIII and it’s all on me, nigga you just bought a shot
Kamikaze if you think that you gon’ knock me off the top
Shit, your wife in the backseat of my brand new foreign car
Don’t act like you forgot, I call the shots, shots, shots
Like brrap, brrap, brrap
Pay me what you owe me, don’t act like you forgot

How many times are we going to have to go over this? Rihanna = Important, powerful, successful, and capable of having you murdered. You = The person who needs to pay her so you don’t get murdered. HOW HARD IS THIS TO UNDERSTAND?

Bitch better have my money!
Bitch better have my money!
Pay me what you owe me
Bitch better have my (bitch better have my)
Bitch better have my (bitch better have my)
Bitch better have my money!

Bitch better have my money!
Bitch better have my money!
Pay me what you owe me
Bitch better have my (bitch better have my)
Bitch better have my (bitch better have my)
Bitch better have my money!

Bitch better have my money!
Bitch better have my money!
Bitch, bitch, bitch better have my money!
Yo, that bitch better have my money!
Hold up
My money!
Yo, my money!
That bitch better have my money!
Bitch better have my money!

Bitch, you better have Rihanna’s money.