Rihanna finally debuted her unreleased track “American Oxygen” last night during her headlining set at the March Madness Music Fest. The song has been played in advertisement slots throughout the entirety of the NCAA Mens’ Final Four campaign.
However, it was Rihanna’s backlash towards Indiana’s “religious freedom” bill that garnered most of the headlines.
Despite the lawmakers amending the bill to make it less discriminatory to the LGBT community, Rihanna bashed the bill and those that endorsed it during the controversy in expletive-laden rant.
“Who’s feeling these new b******* laws that they’re trying to pass over here? I say f*** that s***,” Rihanna said, inciting chants of “F*** that s***.”
“We’re just living our m************ lives. Indiana!” she added.
Though it was heavily censored, viewers had no problems deciphering her the rant.
Rihanna took to Twitter afterward to praise her fans in Indiana.
Thank you Indiana!!!! I would never forget how much fun I had with you tonight!! You blew me away!!! Thank you man!! One love always
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 5, 2015
Rihanna has now released the studio version of “American Oxygen” via Tidal. The song has been well received by fans as well with many taking to Twitter to praise Rihanna.
Let's all take a moment to appreciate Rihanna's vocals in American Oxygen
— Tara. (@badgaltar) April 5, 2015
Breathe in this feeling american oxygen @rihanna
— Dilara (@tvdnavyy) April 5, 2015
Tbh. Rihanna cannot make music EVERYONE will like all the time. She's now doing music SHE likes MOST so I applaud and appreciate good music.
— Rihanna Demos (@RihannaDemos) April 5, 2015
I'm really digging Rihanna's new song #AmericanOxygen
— fifth harmony (@5hkatekordei) April 5, 2015
AMERICAN OXYGEN IS SO GOOD STUDIO VERSION
— J (@pinkprintdeluxe) April 5, 2015
(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Turner)
What did you think of Rihanna’s rant and performance last night in Indiana?