Rihanna’s Harmony Korine-directed video is here

The singer drops an explosive music video for ‘Needed Me’

If you didn’t know already, today is 4/20 aka Pot Day. While Snapchat has somewhat misguidedly marked the occasion by debuting a ‘Bob Marley’ filter (which it might as well have called a ‘blackface’ filter), Rihanna is celebrating in a slightly different way: by dropping her Harmony Korine-directed music video for “Needed Me”. 

Earlier today, the singer teased the video with a series of Instagram posts, one of which was accompanied with the caption “Just because it’s 420.” The video itself features the star riding on the back of a motorcycle, striding through a strip club brandishing a gun and generally living up to her nickname, Bad Gal Riri.

While the director, Harmony Korine, is primarily known for his work in film (he’s worked on KidsSpring Breakers and Gummo), this isn‘t his first foray into music – he’s also directed the video Sonic Youth’s 1998 song “Sunday” and co-wrote Björk’s 2001 song “Vespertine”.

“Needed Me” comes in the wake of her Steven Klein-directed music video for “Kiss It Better and, more recently, the announcement that there’s a Rihanna documentary in the works. The film – which is yet to have a release date – promises to offer an “unfiltered look into Rihanna’s life and how she’s ascended to become a global icon.”