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Single Review: Rihanna’s “Pon De Replay”

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Rihanna dictates the playlist at the hip hop club she frequents in the redundant “Pon De Replay.”

Stretchy bass begins the single. Rihanna tells the DJ to repeat the song over and increase the volume. She says him the women aren’t tired to dancing to it yet.

“Come Mr. DJ song pon de replay/Come Mr. DJ won’t you turn the music up/All the gal pon the dancefloor wantin’ some more what/
Come Mr. DJ won’t you turn the music up/Come Mr. DJ song pon de replay/Come Mr. DJ won’t you turn the music up/All the gal pon the dancefloor wantin’ some more what/Come Mr. DJ won’t you turn the music up.”

In the first verse, she notices as people leave their tables and bring their friends on the floor. She would like everyone in the club to pack the room and dance. She rips off the Christina Milian hit “Dip It Low” by repeating the first part of the single’s chorus. As not to be accused of plagirism, she adds for people to rotate their backs.

” It goes 1 by 1 even 2 by 2/Everybody on the floor let me show you how we do/Let’s go dip it low then you bring it up slow/Wind it up one time wind it back once more.”

In the pre-chorus, she encourages people to rush to the center of the club and sway to the beat. She tells the crowd she will play music that will keep them there for the entire night.

“Run, Run, Run, Run/Everybody move run/Lemme see you move and/Rock it ’til the grooves done/Shake it ’til the moon becomes the sun (sun)/Everybody in the club give me a run (Run)/If you ready to move say it (Yeah Yeah)/One time for your mind say it (Yeah Yeah)/Well I’m ready for ya/Come let me show ya/You want to groove I’ma show you how to move/Come come.”

In the b-section, she simply repeats the first part of the chorus.

“Hey Mr./

Please Mr. DJ/Tell me if you hear me/Turn the music up/Hey Mr./Please Mr. DJ/Tell me if you hear me/Turn the music up.”

In the second verse, it’s a case of deja vu. She sings once again about the number of people going on the dance floor. Except this time she adds that people will be tired from dancing all night long while she mans the turntable. She tells them to pump along with the bass.

“It goes 1 by 1 even 2 by 2/
Everybody in the club gon be rockin when I’m through/Let the bass from the speakers run through ya sneakers/Move both ya feet and run to the beat.”

The entire pre-chorus (which is longer than any part of the song) is sung again.

The chorus is sung twice again as well as the b-section.

She does the obligatory “put your hands in the air” section. Four mind-numbing times.

The chorus is sung twice to end the single.

“Pon De Replay” is one continous loop of imitative, stale reggaton beats and pointless lyrics. It’s disposable and will be forgotten about by the winter. Rihanna does not offer anything new to the R&B party girl genre except a different face.
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  • Jenny

    Hahahahhahahahahahaa!!! You are funny!

    Not all songs are meant to break the boundaries of music. Some are meant to just be nice to listen to. Or dance to, if that applies. I loooove this song, & can’t get enough of it!

    You might think the reggaton beat is stale, but I disagree. I can’t hear this song & not want to dance. I can’t hear this song, & not be cheered up.

    Just my 2 cents.

    :o)

  • ChristianDude

    As an “older” radio lister — I’m 40 — I love hearing a catchy dance tune that doesn’t contain misogynistic lyrics that objectify a woman (her butt) and have bleeped=out 4-letter words. As for dumb lyrics, it’s obvious that you’ve never heard of the 80s, when dumb lyrics ran rampant for the sake of dance tunes. Please give this seemingly nice young lady a break…and start dancing!

  • keisha

    I think that they need to stop hatin on Rihanna. That song is off the chain.They are just mad , because she is from Barbados and she is doing her thing . You go girl!!!!!!

  • Keeks

    I agree with the comments above. This song is really fun. Everything isn’t meant to be dissected like a thesis. It would be nice for the lyrics in dance music general sense and for the singer to be on key, but at the end of the day dance music is all about the beat. This song isn’t really missing anything for me. Repetitive? Yes. Imitative? Stale? Pointless? No. Lighten up, shake something 😉

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    This song is great! I love it!! If you don’t like this song, call a doctor cos you’re sick!!!

  • http://Pink_ladie Samantha

    I think that Rihana is a good infulance for all of us. She is from Barbadous like me and my sisters, we all love her song ‘If it’s lovin that u want’ she looks so beautiful there. When i grow up (i am 12) i want to be just like her. But much more better. (LoL.)

  • mackenzie

    i love you movie and the song mr dj turn the music up

  • yes, but what the fuck does it mean?

    what does “pon de replay” mean??? would anyone care to provoid me with the english translation?

    i am soooooooooooo sick of slave-speak/ebonics.

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com/ Christopher Rose

    It obviously means play it again, Mr Fuck.

    I am soooooooooooo sick of dimwitspeak/moronics.

  • Come off it

    Come on man..it’s not like Rihana is Chopin or somebody who will influence music minds for centuries to come…honestly IT’s JUST A SONG! Sing to it, dance to it and forget about it…! When Beyonce sings her repetitive crap, no one says anything it’s like Oh look at Beyonce’s HAIR or has she a Jay-ugly broken up yet!

  • review.on.review

    Pam, throughout all your criticism of this song, you should ask yourself, “Do people want to hear this song? Are people bombarding radio stations all over the world to hear this song? Is it banging in the clubs? LEAVE THE SONG ALONE. Why is it then that it made its way up to #2??? PEOPLE LOVE THE SONG. In this business, that is what counts. There are many songs out there that you may think don’t have good structure, interesting lyrics, or a healthy musical body, but please… those songs are at the top. I’ve heard people talking about that song Laffy Taffy, and how it’s a stupid song… But people want to hear it. For a song to be successful it doesn’t need to score a ten in all categories (lyrics, melody, structure, etc.).It just needs to appeal to something in an individual’s taste – for example, for some people, a wicked bassline makes a song excellent… for others, strings… with others, some other feature works. 50 Cent’s music made waves – because of the amazing beats (and his ability to rap). Rihanna’s ‘Pon De Replay’ is a fun song, with a great beat, a catchy tune, and undeniable appeal. It makes you want to dance. And finally – how do you americans say it?- STOP HATING. :) Peace.

  • lauren king

    I love this song {resue me} because the first time i listen to it i enjoyed it and now i am a fan you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • alex

    i belive this is a really good song about some one at a club wanting the dj to turn up the music and play the song again because they like it if you don’t like this song why are you here. this is a place to give kudos not to talk down. if you wanna hate on people go make yourself a burn book

  • Avia

    U were totally wrong about the whole “it will be forgotten by winter” and that “Rihanna doesn’t offer anything new” cuz that song is still good, and Rihanna is still the best.
    😉

  • stan

    It’s just a catchy tune by a beautiful woman, that’s all. It wasn’t meant to be analysed to death. Nobody claimed it is anything more than what it is. Lighten up Pam.

  • asha

    i think that Rihanna is a refreshment for all music lovers. she is very original en always herself. i think that for todays wmodern woman she is a smbol of self confidence and womanpower.

  • yep,

    4.5 years later, still a good song.

    To the individual from whence the “slave-speak” comment sprang: educate yourself.