Rihanna’s “Hard” Goes Live

“Hard,” the second music video off of Rihanna’s new album Rated R was released today.  After the release of her first single, “Russian Roulette” anticipation for a completely different music video for “Hard” was high.

Rihanna.

However, it appears to be edgy in the same way as “Russian Roulette” leaving little room for variation.  Check out the video after the jump!

Do you think the video is indicative of the message that Rihanna has been trying to send, one of strength and empowerment?  Or does it seem awkward and forced.  We love Rihanna, but it almost seems as though she is trying to lessen her feminine sexual appeal to deal with the fact that she was a victim of domestic violence earlier this year.  Let us know what you think in the comments!

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