New. Riri. Music. Rihanna returns with ‘Lift Me Up’ ballad from ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
It’s not often we hear a ballad on a soundtrack to a superhero origin story. Well, except for the “Someday My Prince Will Come” single in Cinderella and “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” from A Star Is Born. But that’s not quite how it went down this time around.
With the soundtrack to Black Panther: The Album containing eight songs from the film – four of them, Rihanna included, are ballads. And with the soundtrack in the hands of the director John Singleton, the singer had one last song ready for him to choose from.
“This one, in its title, I didn’t see as being a ballad. It’s called Let It Go,” he told Billboard.
Rihanna’s choice of “Lift Me Up” on the songwriting team composed by John Legend, has its roots at a time when she was dealing with an emotional breakdown.
It was in 2017 while she was at home waiting to have her newborn daughter, at the house of her mother, and in her father’s arms. As she’s been a working mom with her husband, Chris Brown, for more than 13 years, she’s had to deal with a lot of different things.
“I’m a mother at home. I’m a wife at home. I’m a business woman at home. And it was really hard for me to stay there alone. And when my baby was growing inside of me, I was taking care of her,” she says.
“And then all this happened and I found myself in a dark place in my life and it wasn’t a place I was looking for. I didn’t want to be there. But I decided to stay because I was tired of living in the shadows.”
Rihanna went to a family friend and asked him to help her get through the day, to find her purpose. She’s wanted to feel like she was in control of her own life but her father’s death and the