Album: Rated R
Released: February 19, 2010
Genre: R&B, Pop
SongWriter(s): Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Ester Dean, Makeba Riddick, Rob Swire, Robyn Fenty
Producer: Stargate, Rob Swire
"Rude Boy" is an up-tempo dance song that incorporates elements of the dancehall, ragamuffin, pop, and contemporary R&B genres. The song is written in the key of E♭ minor with a time signature in common time, and a tempo of 96 beats per minute. Rihanna's vocal range spans from the low note of E3 to the high note of D,5 and the song follows a sequence of Am–Em–F–Dm as its chord progression. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian commented that "Rude Boy", and the album's previous single "Hard", were the highlights of Rated R, praised the singer's vocal performance in the song, "both of which exploit Rihanna's most appealing vocal style, a sulky, icy, monotone." Michael Menachem of Billboard magazine commented on the lyrical content of the song, and wrote, "with 'Rude Boy', Rihanna delivers her most provocative lyrics and perhaps most authentic-sounding single to date." Menachem also wrote about the song's composition, "Steel drums are a welcome presence on the production, which gives a nod to ska and dancehall. Rihanna's swagger has never been as convincing as on this song."
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