Rihanna’s eighth studio album, Anti, may be nearing its one-year anniversary since being released earlier this year in January, but it looks like the soulful album is still receiving praise from fans and celebrities alike on social media. On Friday, Teyana Taylor took to Instagram to gush over one of Rihanna’s Anti tracks, titled “James Joint,” before sending a message to the songstress regarding her decision to make the song an interlude rather than a full-length track on her album.
Teyana Taylor took to her personal Instagram account on Friday to share a video of herself lip-syncing along to Rihanna’s “James Joint” track, mouthing along to lyrics such as, “Just come get me / Don’t know why just know I want to.”
This song make me feel a way???????? https://t.co/rJbk8C1jHu
— TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) November 25, 2016
“This song make me feel a way *heart-eyes emoji*,” Teyana Taylor wrote in the caption of her Instagram video. Similarly, Taylor also added a second caption to her video that seemingly echoes fans’ sentiments regarding Rihanna’s decision to make “James Joint” an interlude rather than a full-length track on Anti.
“Dear Ri, I hate you for making this song so f***** short,” Teyana wrote as a caption to her video, prompting fans to express similar sentiments in the comments section of Taylor’s post.
“waaaaay too short #butStillmyFave,” one fan commented on Teyana Taylor’s video while another added, “Me too!!! I listen to it over and over and over just acting like its long. Still love you much @badgalriri.”
Why does Rihanna’s ” James Joint” gotta be only a minute and twelve seconds long? I need a whole song, or an album of similar material
— Jax (@jack_renner) November 26, 2016
James Joint is my fave song ever by Rihanna & I hate that it’s so short????
— The Quam (@quamszn) November 20, 2016
While Rihanna has not spoken out about the possibility of re-releasing “James Joint” as a full-length track, the “Love On the Brain” songstress did surprise fans with an early release of the song back in 2015, alongside confirmation that the track would appear as an interlude on her eighth studio album.
“In celebration of 420,” Rihanna began via her official website on April 20, 2015, “here’s an interlude from my 8th studio album that I call James Joint,” Billboard reports.
Go to http://t.co/RJk0cTHYUO right now to hear more new music!!!
Hear it now —> http://t.co/NFEkIDJnK9
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 21, 2015
The track begins with light-hearted synth instrumentation while Rihanna belts out lyrics such as, “I’d rather be smoking weed / Whenever we breathe / Every time you kiss me / Don’t say that you miss me / Just come get me,” before fading out at just over one minute into the start of the song.
James Fauntleroy, who served as a co-writer on the beloved interlude, previously confirmed via Twitter that “James Joint” was named for him and that Rihanna “loved the title” and track when she first heard the demo.
“When Rihanna heard the demo she thought it was an amazing song, and she loved the title,” Fauntleroy explained in a verified commentary on Genius. “It feels f***** awesome to have a Rihanna song named after me. It’s a joint, like a song, but it’s also about weed, and I’m the No. 1 smoker on planet earth. There’s a lot of weed smoking in my studio sessions with Rihanna. We’re both champion level smokers.”
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While plans to release full-length version of “James Joint” has yet to be confirmed by Rihanna, the songstress did previously hint that a ninth studio album was already in the works following the conclusion of her “Anti World Tour” earlier this year.
Following the emergence of rumors suggesting that Rihanna was prepared to drop a second installment of Anti in 2016, one fan took to Instagram to inquire about the rumors via a direct message to Rihanna on the social media site.
In a screengrab obtained by one Twitter user, the fan can be seen asking Rihanna whether or not the rumors about an “Anti part 2″ are true, thus prompting to Rihanna to respond with, “No! Workin on R9 *winking emoji*.”
— RihannaViva (@RihannaViva) August 17, 2016
Similarly, producer Cardo previously hinted at the impending arrival of new music from Rihanna during an interview with Complex UK in which he explained that he and the “Needed Me” songstress have already collaborated on a new record, albeit neglecting to offer a tentative title or release date for the project.
“There’s so many records we’ve been working on that’s about to come out,” Cardo explained to the publication. “I can’t say anything beyond that, but we got a record with Rihanna. That’s all I can say. I can’t say anything more, but there’s a Rihanna and Cardo record.”
When asked if Rihanna would be serving as a feature for their collaboration, Cardo clarified, “It was for Anti, but there’s another Anti. I don’t know if it’s official, but I know we have a record.”
What do you think of Teyana Taylor’s Instagram video of Rihanna’s “James Joint”? Should Rihanna re-release the song as a full-length track on her next album?
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