Rihanna Performs Covers

Published: Tuesday 5th Aug 2008 by Sam
As previously reported, ‘IT girl of the moment’ Rihanna headlined MTV Italia’s Mobile Bang show a few weeks back. During her set the 2o year old performed a string of covers of hits by the likes of Beenie Man, MIA and Lauryn Hill. Check out the medley of ‘Who Am I / Paper Planes/ Doowop (That Thing)’ below:

Call me a hater or whatever else you choose, but there is no denying that was the pits. She sounded like Billy Goat Gruff with all that bleating. Horrible.

Randomness: It would be great to hear a little of ‘pre-industry cleansing’ Rihanna (aka Caribbean flavoured sound) on her new music – even if just a little. Just a thought…

What do you think of the performance?

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  1. Fi Fi August 5, 2008

    (Want some one please silence this Lamb)) the bighead b**** need to sit down, Sam take her to the slaughter House

  2. FI FI August 5, 2008

    (Wont some one please silence this Lamb) the bighead b**** need to sit down, Sam take her to the slaughter House

  3. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Rihanna is number 1 on itunes in US and three other countries, number two in four. Her summer hit has arrived. Disturbia is poised to become the next umbrella. Take that biaatches.

  4. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    I agree FiFi..

  5. JAZZII August 5, 2008

    I LIKE RHIANNA.. I LIKE HER MUSIC…BUT I DONT BELIEVE SHE HAS THE BEST VOICE I THINK (I) THAT IT’S HER ACCENT THAT MAKE PEOPLE THINK SHE CAN SING…IT’S JUST MY OPINION…VOICE LESSON IS NECCESSARY

  6. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Poor M.I.A. and Lauryn…
    nasty thing…

  7. jonnyhco August 5, 2008

    oh damn.that is badddd.she has great songz but please dont cover

  8. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    listen I am a West Indian and her accent does not fool me is no vocalist

  9. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Where that wrench think she going f****** up them songs. Them there were TUNES till she f*** them up. LOL!!

  10. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    She’s a studio artist that has been blessed with songs that have a nice beat and words that people relate to that’s it………

  11. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Janet, Madonna & Britney (ILY X) cant really sing amazingly but they have shaped music and culture, using there image and performance to make history…. Basically who gives a F*** if Rihanna is not the best singer, she puts out hot songs and makes a great fashion statement!!!

  12. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    LMAO THIS BLOGGER KNOWS HE’S A RIHANNA HATER
    AS HE HAS TO CALL IT OUT AT THE BEGGINING OF EVERY RIHANNA POST

    ” CALL ME A HATER OR WHATEVER”
    TRNA SAY IT BEFORE WE DO TO TAKE AWAY ITS VALUE
    BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE WILL ALWAYS BE A HATER
    , A BITTER HATER, THAT KNOWS HE’S HATING!
    REAL JERK!
    I WISH RIHANNA WOULD SH*T ALL OVER UR $9.99 A MONTH BLOG!
    TALKIN MESS BOUT THE RICH AND FAMOUS. UGH!

  13. caprikorn313 August 5, 2008

    Rihanna did a good job with her accent and using her voice to the best of her ability. Im glad the haters have arrived though….just made her status go up a lil higher. Go TEAM RI RI…….love that girl

  14. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    IT’S RATHER SAD AND PATHETIC TAHT MANY PEOPLE SPEND THEIR TIME SLAGGING OFF CELEBS, THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW ON BLOGS,
    JUST BCOZ THEY’RE SUCCESSFUL AND RICH, U HATE ON THEM,
    U ENVY AND SAY THEY SHOULDN’T BE SUCCESSFUL

    WELL REGARDING RIHANNA, THERE IS ENOUGH ROOM FOR HER IN THE INDUSTRY, EVEN IF U DON’T LIKE HER MUSIC, SO DEAL WITH IT

    BTW SAM SHE IS 20, NOT 21, SO GET UR FACTS RIGHT B4 U POST

  15. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    rihanna sound a mess! Her dressing can be cute but when she sang live its not. Don’t get mad at nobody for making there oppinion. It’s the truth, all she is a studio artist that made for beats but not any of her songs have soul in it. Songs wear u can actually feel the hurt and pain. I’ll give her some points for trying but for people to call her the best or the hottest no not at all. Right now all she is a it girl for her style and some of the catchy tunes she have and thats bout it.

  16. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    omg, she needs to stop. lol

  17. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    IT SEEMS WITH RIHANNA, U EITHER LOVE HER OR HATE HER BUT U CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF HER

    A BIT LIKE SAM REALLY LOL, I THINK THATS WHY SAM KEEPS POSTING THINGS ABOUT HER, ALTHOUGH HE HATES HER.

    SAME WITH THIS SITE, WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT, EVEN IF WE HATE SAM

  18. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    ugh she effed uo a classic with lauryn hill i dnt even like it when the waaaay more talented amy wineouse performs it but hearing rihanna attempt it with her non-singing self was almost like sacrilege. but i’ll give her some propz she is better than cassie.

  19. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Did'nt Millie & Vanilly do this exact thing?

    She is more about image than anything and if she did not have catchy songs you all (her stans) would be saying the same thing. Be real with your selves Rihanna can not sing and live is just as worst. One thing is for sure music today is not about real talent it's all about the beat and words, Oprah could make them songs hits so dont put to much stock into homegirl. They way these young folks act Rihanna can be working in McDonalds in the coming year. Fans turn on you QUICK.

  20. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    RIHANNA IS S*** SHES SCREWING UP mia AND LAYUREN HILL AND PLUS BEENIE MANS SONG SHES F***** WHY CANT SHE SING UR OWNM BLOODCLOT DONGS LOL

  21. DeDe August 5, 2008

    “Sounded like Billy Goat Gruff”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    LMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  22. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Where is SamIsA… anyway??

  23. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    u can really tell a hater cuz y is sam uploading dis old ass video……just to hate on her….if u dont like the gurl why keep on post things bout why always have her on ur site damn…….and u cud hate all u want she is still on top she bout to have another one song while u jus tryin ur hardest to get ppl to hate on her …jus like cassie said ya she may not can blow like MC but she can sing …ull actin like rihanna is sayin she can hit notes like dem great RnB singers or sumthing she is just doin her so leave her ass alone

  24. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    this was terrible

  25. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    He just making his statment just like everybody else. And its his site so he can put whatever he want on here.

  26. AaronMichael August 5, 2008

    If someone would put a muzzle on this chic she would be a pretty girl (inspite of the E.T. shaped head) with some talent. Further proof why Rihanna is never praised for trying to be a singer.

  27. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    SAM IS ONE HELL OF A HATER….CHAI!!

  28. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    whateva.she did not sound that bad…especially during the lauryn hill cover..

    and she looks gorgeous,love the outfit

  29. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    “LMAO THIS BLOGGER KNOWS HE’S A RIHANNA HATER
    AS HE HAS TO CALL IT OUT AT THE BEGGINING OF EVERY RIHANNA POST

    ” CALL ME A HATER OR WHATEVER”
    TRNA SAY IT BEFORE WE DO TO TAKE AWAY ITS VALUE
    BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE WILL ALWAYS BE A HATER
    , A BITTER HATER, THAT KNOWS HE’S HATING!
    REAL JERK!
    I WISH RIHANNA WOULD SH*T ALL OVER UR $9.99 A MONTH BLOG!
    TALKIN MESS BOUT THE RICH AND FAMOUS. UGH!”

    That person can go and sit down somewhere!! If
    you dont like Sam then why do you go on his blog and comment? Everyoneis entitled to their OWN opinion, if you dont like it then go somewhere else. Also, if this blog is worth $9.99, why would contribute to Sam’s paycheck. Your the bitter hater of Sam

  30. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    How yal go get mad at same for keeping it real!!! She sounds bad, horrible….

  31. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    WHY SHOULD SHE BE A MODEL JUST BECAUSE SHE’S ATTRACTIVE, IF SHE WANTS TO SING, THAT HER BUSINESS NOT YOURS.
    HER MUSIC MAY NOT BE YOUR TASTE BUT SHE HAS FANS WHO LIKE IT

    THE WORLD OF THE MODELING INDUSTRY SUCKS ANYWAY.
    SKINNY,VAIN, FAKE B****** WHO THINK THEIR SO NICE

  32. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    LMAO… its soo funny how sam prob spends his whole day searchin for horrible rih performances to post and good kelly rowland performances. SMH.

  33. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    LMAO… its soo funny how sam prob spends his whole day searchin for horrible rih performances to post and good kelly rowland performances. SMH.

  34. JAZZI August 5, 2008

    JUST BECAUSE SOME OF SAY THAT S*** SOUND HORRIBLE DONT MEAN WE HATIN …IT’S OUR OPINION..SO CALM DOWN..AND SAM CAN SAY WHATEVER THE HELL HE WANT CAUSE THIS HIS BLOG AND IF YOU DONT LIKE MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN BLOG SO YOU CAN KISS RHIANNA ASS ON YOURS…LOVE YA SAM AND KEEP TELLIN YOUR OPINION…AND EVERYONE ELSE KEEP TELLIN YOURS CAUSE IM DAMN SURE GONNA KEEP TELLING MIND ABOUT WHO EVER…

  35. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    ITS SO FUNNY

    PEOPLE GET MAD AT BECAUSE WE SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT RIHANNA

    IF SHE CANT SING SHE CANT SING. ITS THE TRUTH NOW GET OVER IT.

    NO ONE HAS TO HAVE THE SAME OPNIONS AND IF I THINK SHE CANT SING THAT ISNT BEING A HATER. IM PRETTY SURE THE PPL WHO LOVE RIRI HATE SOMEONE ELSE.

    HER RECOLD LABEL IS MILKING HER FOR ALL SHE IS WORTH

    NO REAL ARTIST PUTS OUT 3 CDS IN 3 YEARS. ITS ONLY TO STAY REVELENT…A REAL ARTIST CAN GO AWAY AND COME BACK AND STILL HAVE THE SAME FAN BASE…….RIHANNA NOT SO MUCH.

  36. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^THANK YOU..YOU AND JAZZII SAID IT BEST

  37. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    It was awful, and she cannot sing people are going on looks

  38. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    “doo wop” wasn’t that bad, but she completely butchered “paper planes”

  39. Ayci August 5, 2008

    you are a hater Sam

  40. shespeakz August 5, 2008

    sam listening to Rihanna sing is like listening to screeching tires. Its sad to see how real music and artistry gets watered down for the almighty dollar

  41. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    omg!!! some people on this f’ing blog are so damn stupid i swear!!! ok rihanna is beautiful no doubt but the truth is she sounded horrible if somebody had gone to the apollo theatre with that s*** they would’ve have gotten their happy ass boo’d off the damn stage…its a shame people on here talking about she’s #1 on itunes and all that bull and it shows how ignorant people are becoming!!! to be buying an image she cant sing she shake her ass like my granny she dont write her own music but she’s beautiful and wears fly outfits and that’s what you people are buying…and thats a damn disgrace that you people are shoveling out cash for that…and i wish somebody would get on here talking about get a life or that quit hating s*** cuz i know she aint worried about what i got to say when she rolling in the cash that yall shovel out for her no real talent havin ass…so b4 u write that seriously think about whats going on in the entertainment industry…u just may realize something!!!!

  42. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    um. have any of you ever even HEARD m.i.a.’s voice?

    and we’re hating on Rihanna for sounding like a goat, are we?

    I *love* m.i.a. but let’s not pretend she can sang.

  43. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    MY EARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    @ Anonymous at 5:48
    AMEN!!!!
    Agree 100%

  45. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    AND…
    To All the People Who Are Bragging Rihanna is # 1 in iTunes..Actually the Jonas Brothers are #1 In iTunes Right Now..
    Just Felt Like That Needed to Be Said..
    I’m Done Now..lol

  46. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Please check out some real talent!!! jazmine sullivan is amazing check her out live on youtube…she’s simply amazing!!!!

  47. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    I must be going to heaven, because I just suffered through hell listening to that sh&^! Ri Stans, there is a difference between "hating" and appreciating good music. Most of who defend her talk about how beautiful and fly she is and how much $$ she makes…funny, how few of you (stans) talk about her vocals…odd for your favorite artist who's supposed to be a singer….

  48. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Rhi Rhi must have misunderstood them. She thought she was suppose to sing covers, but she was suppose to sing UNDER THE COVERS, so the blankets could muffle that awful noise.

  49. Anonymous August 5, 2008

    Okay as much as I like Rhianna, that was terrible . . . stick to your own songs sweetie.

  50. Anonymous August 6, 2008

    daaaaaaaamn man, wtf.
    that umbrella B*tch needa hush up.

  51. Anonymous August 6, 2008

    I Love Rihanna but have to admit that wasn’t a good cover of those songs, well the beenie man one wasn’t

  52. kate August 6, 2008

    we all know she sucks live!
    but more moves from her this time.
    and i agree about caribbean sound.

  53. Anonymous August 6, 2008

    I’m a fan but this was BAD! And I hate that horrible manly looking outfit. NO ONE should mess with PaperPlanes, that’s my joint and she made it sound sooooooooo bad.

  54. Jai August 6, 2008

    This was terrible and Rihanna should NEVER attempt sing anything by Miss Lauryn Hill EVER AGAIN. That s*** hurt my feelings. LMAO I would have some respect Rihanna and I might actually like her if she stuck to her Bajan roots. We need young Reggae artists and diversity and she conformed to the regular Pop music, which is sad. Look at Sean Kingston: He stuck to his roots, and he’s still reaching every audience without selling out!

  55. Anonymous August 6, 2008

    she performed those same songs on the “glow in the dark” tour. she f***** up the lauryn and MIA song. what an injustice. it’s like she didn’t even try to sound good. no effort what so ever.

  56. Savoy August 6, 2008

    She counldn’t do PAPER PLANES?! There aren’t *real* notes in that song (M.I.A herself doesn’t attempt to be a single) and yet I hardly recognize the same melody.

    This chick also needs some SERIOUS breath control lessons or something. Once again, this is a M.I.A song…

    I don’t remember her doing too much better at Kanye West concert I went to.

    She makes me SICK (regardless of the fact that I like some of songs; they’re *all* downloads)!!!! I don’t understand why record companies have no problems throwing money at an untalented hack but seem to be struggling to provide decent promo for others, legends and new artists.

  57. Savoy August 6, 2008

    ^ that’s supposed to be:

    “couldn’t” instead of “counldn’t”
    “singer” instead or “single”

  58. Nick August 6, 2008

    I love readin peoples comments & how stupid they sound- RIHANNA is #1 everywhere-YES, cause shes cute & made good songs & is the only chik out doin much rit now, her music is ALL COMPUTER-STUDIO generated-LIVE she wack-PERIOD! she makin it cause she cute/I like her, BUT she is NOT TOP SINGING MATERIAL, lets b real-ths was WAK WAKK WAKKKKKKK!!!

  59. Anonymous August 6, 2008

    RIHANNA SUCKS!!

    RIHANNA SUCKS

    indeed she does sam

  60. antertain August 7, 2008

    Who ever said she was good needs to fall bak.
    She good a what she does, but covering songs and being off key in all of them is NOT OK.

    What would u say if Monica, Beyonce, Brandy and co did that???

    Every1 would laugh…..
    She needs to fall bak from that and jus sing her own tunes WACK WACK WACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. Anonymous August 7, 2008

    Okay, see i dont think it was that bad and i’m no fan of Rhi. It’s a bad idea for anybody to cover a Lauryn hill track a it is with a Mariah, whitney and Christina and other artists, but you can’t hate on her for showing her appreciation for the artists she like.

    I kinda think that Rhi and Solange are in the same boat. Not great singers but there’s something that people like and thats what will get them far

  62. Anonymous August 7, 2008

    shes pretty, thats all she is, and u know the united states praise out of country celebs. she looked and did a bad job performing!

  63. Anonymous August 7, 2008

    lol i’m not a big fan of rihanna ( but i went to
    her concert lol ) but i love her M.I.A’s performance .. i know i’m the only but i realy enjoy that one , but not the other one

  64. Anonymous August 8, 2008

    WOW! OK IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO COVERS, HAVE THE ENERGY FOR THE SONGS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SING, DONT JUST STAND THERE AND NOT EVEN SING MOST OF THE TIME… UGHH

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