“Man Down” is taken from Rihanna’s fifth studio album Loud (2010). It’s written by Shama “Sham” Joseph, Timothy & Theron Thomas and Shontelle Layne and produced by Shama “Sham” Joseph. It was released on radio last month as her fifth single following “California King Bed.”
According to Wikipedia, the music video for “Man Down” was shot in Jamaica in April 2011, and was directed by Anthony Mandler. The video begins on a dramatic note when Rihanna shoots a man making his way through a busy train station. After committing her crime, the camera focuses on the shot man and later Rihanna flees the scene. So as to give viewers some history, the video travels back in time to the previous day, when the singer is seen riding her bike and meeting with people in Kingston, Jamaica. There are also scenes of Rihanna alone inside a bedroom at dusk. Then at a nightclub, Rihanna begins to dance and flirt with another club-goer, who’s actually the man that she shoots at the beginning. After she leaves the club, the singer’s dance-floor partner follows her outside and begins to get violent. The video then cuts straight to the scene of a disheveled Rihanna crying in the street, after what appears to have been a sexual assault. The video concludes with the singer running to her home where she grabs a gun hidden in a dresser drawer.
The Parents Television Council (PTC), a non-profit organization that advocates responsible entertainment, criticized Rihanna for “cold, calculated execution of murder” in the video. In response to the PTC, Rihanna stated, “I’m a 23 year old singer who doesn’t have kids. What’s up with everybody wanting me to be a parent [to their children]. I’m just a girl, I can only be our voice. We all know it’s difficult and embarrassing to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone, especially our parents. The music industry isn’t “Parent’s ‘R Us.” We have the freedom to make art, let us! It’s your job to make sure your children don’t turn out like us. You can’t hide your kids from society, or they’ll never learn how to adapt. This is the real world!”
Watch the music video for “Mandown” here: