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.
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.