What’s a Jay-Z blueprint without girls, girls, girls? With the exception of Amil, a lady under Jigga’s wing has as much potential, if not more than the Roc Boys (sorry Bleek). Which brings us to Rita Sahatçiu Ora, the Albanian-born singer, raised in the UK, now a jewel on his Roc Nation label. We know what you’re thinking: Jay-Z’s executive decisions suck a million. Try looking at Rihanna who evolved from a bubbly teenie-bopper sensation into the edgy rated R pop star. So Ri Ri isn’t the last girl on Earth after all because Ri-ta, her European a-alike is already running London town leaving behind her cute glow in music and movies. After the jump see how her aura is spreading. Lights, please.
LOVE INTEREST: DRAKE, “OVER”
In the right light, Rita could look like a young Beyoncé (no shots fired). She turned heads this year, landing a kushy spot opposite Drizzy in the visual to “Over.” Listening to Drake lament about the price of fame, you have to really wonder if the girls he leaves behind look as striking as Rita. If they do, which in his case has to be true once you weed out the Kat Stacks’ of the game, then sure, he has a right to be sad about it. Pardon his back, seriously.
GUEST OF HONOR: CRAIG DAVID F. RITA ORA AND TINCHY STRYDER, “WHERE’S YOUR LOVE”
Is Craig David really a star in the hood? His T-shirt talks tougher than the pretty boy singer we know him to be, but somehow it woos Rita Ora into adding her vocals to this glossy-ass bassline type of electronica. Yeah this did a lot for Tinchy and Craig’s street cred.
GUEST OF HONOR: CRAIG DAVID F. RITA ORA, “AWKWARD”
Jay-Z acted fast on saving Rita Ora from more lame records with Craig David. Maybe if he ran the map a little bit faster he could have saved her from “Awkward.” It was around this time last year when Hov announced Rita joining his team, which now consists of Bridgette Kelly and Alexis Jordan. Hovie’s Angels? Question?!
CAMEO: JAY-Z F. MR. HUDSON, “YOUNG FOREVER”
You’d have to be on some serious drugs to see Rita’s aura, especially in black and white. If we had to guess, it’s about as golden as her blonde mane. While another blonde Brit, Mr. Hudson was billed on The Blueprint III‘s introspective track, Rita was a better scene stealer (peep the opening and the a flash of her at the 3:00 mark).
BIG SCREEN DEBUT: SPIVS (2004)
The movie title is as dubious as the plot and the characters. In Britain a Spiv is at the low end of the criminal spectrum. They’re thieves, stealing things on the black-market and in the film, people fall into that category. An adolescent Rita plays one of the illegal immigrants smuggled by one of the characters. She doesn’t seem to be speaking english when we first see her around the mid point of these first few minutes of the flick, but her desperate situation doesn’t need words to describe.
ENDORSEMENT: ROC NATION SKULL CANDY HEADPHONES
So Rita has the stereotypical British accent. You wouldn’t get it from her songs, but when she speaks her “T”‘s are non-existent in this ad for Roc Nation’s product branding with Skull Candy. The clip could have probably used another set of ears because it seems like they did it like Hov does his verses, in one take. At the end of the day, they’re selling headphones not insurance. Like other successful brands like Diddy Beats or Beats by Dr. Dre, Skull Candy just needs a pretty face. Rita’s mug does just fine.