Rihanna breaks barriers with album cover

Rihanna breaks barriers with album cover

Riri's new album is a mystery written on the wall

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Rihanna pushes the boundaries yet again, this time with new Braille-inspired art album cover

It's not the first time she's done it but this is certainly the most profound. While the Braille writings on previous album covers were minimal and perhaps included as a simple social act, Rihanna has now released her new cover, completely in Braille.

"The people who have sight are the most blind," says RiRi, leaving us to decipher her intentions. But we do know what the cover circumspects. The piece of art is actually a poem by Chloe Mitchell titled If They Let Us.

The Braille though is not the only work of art. The centerpiece image is of Rihanna when she was five, with red paint splashed all around her and most interestingly, with a gold crown covering her eyes, another element suggesting blindness. That artwork was created by Roy Nachum. "He sees things beyond the surface, which is why we even decided to collaborate. I fell in love with him because I felt like there was another spirit, there was another layer to the art."

While the upcoming album's release date is yet to be announced, we have the poem If They Let Us right here...

I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.
It is simply because what I want to say,
what I need to say, won't be heard.
Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.
What I choose to say is of so much substance
That people just won't understand the depth of my message.
So my voice is not my weakness,
It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.
My voice is my suit and armor,
My shield, and all that I am.
I will comfortably breath [sic] in it, until I find the moment to be silent.
I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.
The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom
That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.
I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.
So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.
If they let us...