“Wait Your Turn,” the first video from Rihanna’s November 23rd album Rated R, has been posted on the singer’s Website, 10 days before her clip for first single “Russian Roulette” is due to premiere on ABC’s 20/20. Anthony Mandler directed both clips, as well as Jay-Z’s dark video for “Run This Town,” which is stylistically similar to the “Wait Your Turn” spot. Mandler previously helmed five videos off Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad. Per Just Jared, “Wait Your Turn” was shot in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood on October 16th.
Though this is Rihanna’s first music video since “Rehab” — and first featuring her own music since prior to her February 8th altercation with Chris Brown — fans hoping to glean a bit about the singer’s state of mind from the clip will be disappointed. Rihanna gazes at the camera — sometimes in sunglasses, sometimes wearing a patch over her right eye — while her movements are captured in a grainy black-and-white reminiscent of surveillance camera footage. There’s no plot to speak of, just Rihanna singing to the chorus, “The wait is ova, the wait is ova,” while traipsing around a desolate park, a rooftop overlooking Manhattan and a bridge. Sometimes she stands in front of a statue of an angel so it appears its wings are sprouting from her own back.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Rihanna also starred in Kanye West’s “Paranoid” video and appeared in Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” clip.