26 Reasons Rihanna Is a Bad Gal

Rihanna has plenty to toast to on her birthday. At just 26 years old, she has achieved a legacy that many before and after her will never reach. She parties hard, styles right, sings raunchy and reaps all the rewards she's set up for herself. The road to the good life wasn't always easy for the Bajan beauty, but her attitude and talent helped her achieve her self-proclaimed bad gal status.

This label doesn't just come from the many beefs she's accumulated--and there's plenty--but also her ability to stay on top of the music charts.

Happy birthday Rih; flip the page to see 20 reasons why she's a bad gal.

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Smoking

Weed isn't all-the-way legal yet, but that doesn't stop her from sparking up. Known for her love of marijuana, she started the trend that many new artists are getting lit with.

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M.A.C. Ambassador

Rihanna came out with her own lipstick, 'Ruby Woo' for Mac and the line sold out so fast they had to relaunch it. She's since furthered her line and it continues to do numbers everyday.

Strip Club

"Strip Clubs and dollar bills, I still got my money" isn't just Rih Rih's lyrics, it's her lifestyle. The singer has no problem tricking out strippers and her pockets are never fazed by the dent she leaves.

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Celebrity Beef

We can't keep up with all the celeb beefs Rihanna has had throughout her career because it seems she's either playing target practice or dodging jabs. Regardless of the amount, she always seems victorious--then again, when your net worth out ranks your competitors, it seems there's no real competition at all.

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Journalist Beef

Many journalists voice their opinion against the Bajan songstress, but rarely any ruffle her feathers. Elizabeth Ann Jones unfortunately became the object of ridicule when she tried to put Rih Rih in her place. Not only was her letter against the singer very opinionated, but the bad gal ripped her a new one with her IG response.

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Lawsuits

Robyn Fenty has quite a bit of lawsuits against her, but what celeb doesn't? Like her music, she reigns supreme in most of them from her Topshop battle to her recent victor against a former accountant.

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#1 Songs

On top off all her accolades, she made history last year as the artist with the most number 1 songs on the Billboard Pop Charts,  beating out her bestie Katy Perry who has 10.

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Style

If Rihanna wasn't a singer, she'd have a lucrative career as a stylist being that whatever she wears becomes an automatic trend. Her fashion line River Island isn't too shabby either, with many styles on our wardrobe wish list.

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Nudity

Before Miley was crotch grabbing and showing off her ta tas, Rihanna had already shown the world her tastees. “If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra. If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra,” she recently told Vogue.

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Karrueche

It's no secret that the two aren't fans of one another. Between openly boasting on her IG about stealing Chris back to having Kae removed from clubs, the bad gal is making sure Chrae understand she still reigns supreme.

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Celeb Crushes

What male or female celeb isn't crushing over Rihanna? The gorgeous boss has men professing their love for her in interviews and on national TV.

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Chrianna

It wasn't when she dated Chris Brown or when they had their explosive incident that told us she was a bad gal. It was when she slammed critics for bashing her backpedaling to her abuser. Granted we didn't agree with her choice due to the circumstances, but she made it clear it was her decision to make for herself and if you cared so much-- well f*ck you.

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Cover Girl

If you haven't had Rihanna on the cover of your magazine, it's because she chose not to be. She's made her rounds on just about all the best mags--especially Vixen--and is going for her 3rd and 4th appearances on some. The Bajan beauty has become a poster child for creating iconic glossy pages.

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Halloween

We aren't sure if Halloween is her favorite holiday, but she sure knows how to slay effortlessly for the day's festivities. Each year, she reconfirms why she's such a bad gal.

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 Drake vs. Chris Brown

Thanks to Rihanna, Chris and Drake had their epic bottle throwing fight that shut down a club and sent a few to the hospital. If you have the ability to make men fight over you in the club as if they're not worth millions, you're definitely a bad girl.

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The Carters

She may not be an actual Carter, but she gets their respect. The Roc Nation money maker has Jay Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy in her call log and she's not even in her prime yet.

Oprah

Just about all of us would love to sit on Oprah's couch andRihanna has already done it. She also was featured before Beyonce on Oprah's Next Chapter--pretty badass.

#WCW

Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Shakira, Cara Delvignes--just to name a few--have become #WCW for tons of Instagram users every Wednesday. And all of these celebs have either shared a bed, steamy scene, lip locked or more with Rih.

4/20

Admit it: when 4/20 comes around, we're as committed to stalking the singer's every move as we are to celebrating the unofficial holiday.

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Tattoos

We've lost count on how many tattoos Rihanna is sporting, but that doesn't stop us from loving every one of them. We aren't sure how she does it, but whatever she inks on her skin is uber sexy.

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Hair Care

Like her style, her hair is just as fashionable. Each do becomes trendy and we love the risk she takes.

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Instagram

She's no stranger to the IG hype. Unlike other celebs, she shows her playful side as she participates in meme sharing, #MCM, #TBT and even likes pictures her "navy" posts.

Navy Tribute

As bad ass as she is, she also has an extreme sensitive side. The singer recently sent her condolences to the family of a slain fan, Thiago Sobral Valencia--  "R.I.P. To one of our fallen soldiers, brutally murdered yesterday in Brazil! 14 year old Thiago, will forever be in our hearts! #Navy,"-- and even offered to pay for the funeral.

Piercings

She's also pierced. We don't know all the places, but through revealing outfits, we know her boobs have major bling.

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True Friends

Rihanna's best friend Melissa Forde is a major rider. The two have each other's back through every thing from her beefs to her accomplishments. It's nice to see a celeb be so devoted to her friendship, especially when it's a non-celeb. It reminds us that money doesn't change everything.

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We've seen her sexual and angry side, but in her latest cd the songstress expressed her pain. Being able to open up about the good and bad defines a bad gal.

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Fans Rally For Aaliyah's Discography To Be Released On Streaming Platforms

As another day passes without Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms, fans are looking for answers.

Over the weekend, the hashtag #FreeAaliyahMusic appeared on Twitter in light of song battles between Swizz Beats vs. Timbaland and Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin. The latter opponents played their collaborations with the late singer, proving Baby Girl's dynamic relevancy in the age of modern R&B. As songs like "I Don't Wanna" and "Come Over" picked up plays on YouTube, the hashtag pointed out the tragedy of her songs not existing on platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Aaliyah's only album on multiple platforms is her 1994 debut, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. Other albums like the platinum-selling One in A Million and Aaliyah are being held in a vault of sorts along with other unmixed vocals by her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.

Hankerson has built up a mysterious yet haunting aura over the years due to his refusal to release Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms. Reasons are unknown but Stephen Witt's 2016 investigation revealed business deals like the shift in distribution from  Jive Records to Atlantic helped Hankerson take ownership of the singer's masters. The deal was made in 1996 when Blackground featured artists like Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, then-production duo Timbaland and Magoo as well as Missy Elliott.

Sadly, Aaliyah's music isn't the only recordings lost in the shuffle. Recordings from Timbaland and Toni Braxton have been hidden from the world with both taking legal action against the label over the years. There's also JoJo, who had to break from the label after they refused to release her third album. The singer recently re-recorded her first two albums.

With Aaliyah's music getting the attention it deserves, Johnta Austin discussed the singer's impact on R&B today. "It was amazing, she was incredible from top to bottom," he told OkayPlayer of working with the singer on "Come Over" and "I Don't Wanna." "I don't think Aaliyah gets the vocal credit that she deserves. When she was on it, she had the riffs, she had everything."

Earlier this year, an account impersonating Hankerson claimed her music would arrive on streaming platforms January 16, on what would've been her 41st birthday. A docuseries called the Aaliyah Diaries was also promoted for a release on Netflix.

Of course, it was far from the truth. Fans can enjoy selected videos and songs on YouTube, but it's clear they want more.

 

Aaliyah’s music is the landmark for a lot of your favs not only was she ahead of her time with her futuristic sounds she also was a fashion Icon dancer and phenomenal actress . The future generations need be exposed to her artistry and pay homage .#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/LxZfxcqRgF

— Black Clover (@la_alchemist) March 29, 2020

Her first #1 solely based on AirPlay! She was the first ! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/BHlANZjCGZ

— (@hodeciii) March 29, 2020

Makes no sense for someone still so influential to be hidden. Many try to emulate her. On Spotifys This is Aaliyah playlist, theres some great tracks not on her main Spotify #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/vLqLTVxqO9

— Blackity Black⁷ (@ClaudBuzzzz) March 29, 2020

Aaliyah is trending once again. She deserves endless flowers. This is true impact y’all. Her voice, her sound, her music...She’s been gone for 2 decades and y’all see the love for her is even stronger! We miss you baby girl! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/ALDcT0ZQxR

— A A L I Y A H (@forbbygrlaali) March 30, 2020

Aaliyah said she wanted to be remembered for her music and yet most of it is not on streaming services #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/zwk0AWMCoE

— RJR (@MyNewEssence96) March 29, 2020

aaliyah’s gems like more than a woman deserve to be in streaming sites #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/mM2GWEg1pe

— k (@grandexrocky) March 30, 2020

I saw #FreeAaliyahMusic and IMMEDIATELY jumped into action! I can’t express how betrayed I felt when we were supposed to have all her music on Spotify by her birthday. Her discography is deeply underestimated and we need to make it right for our babygirl!pic.twitter.com/GfxBeJxUY1

— jerrica✨ (@jerricaofficial) March 29, 2020

Before Megan The Stallion drove the boat...

Aaliyah rocked the boat...

#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/iXNwssD3sY

— Al’Bei (@_albei) March 29, 2020

i think we should have that conversation #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/cGl269tuTr

— AALIYAH LEGION (@AaliyahLegion) April 1, 2020

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Williams went on to discuss her fight with Naughton, which she denies had anything to do with her skin color. With her mother near, Williams claimed Naughton called her a b***h, leading to the fight. While she didn't clear up the chicken throwing, she stated how she was "going for her neck" and was holding food and her baby sister in the process.

Apologies aren't on the horizon either. “I don’t feel like I have anything to make amends for, especially as it relates to Adrienne,” Kiely said. “As far as Naturi goes, if there was ever a reason to apologize, all of that has kind of been overshadowed by the literal lies and really ugly stuff that she said about my mom and my sister. So, no. Not interested in that. I’m sorry.”

Moving onto The Cheetah Girls, Williams also denied claims she got into fights with Raven-Symonè on the set of The Cheetah Girls films and never outed her as a teen. The rumor about Symonè and Williams was reportedly started by Symonè's former co-star Orlando Brown.

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I'm really excited to announce my new show, Cooked with Cannabis on @Netflix!! Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Netflix, so this is a dream come true. Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn't go looking for, it kind of came to me. As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today's society. In this country, many things have been used systematically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together. I hope you all will tune in, it's definitely going to be a good time! We launch on 4/20! XO, Kelis

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