"R.I.P." is a song recorded by British recording artist Rita Ora and features rapper Tinie Tempah, from her studio album, Ora. The song was co-written by Canadian singer and rapper Drake, while production of the song was handled by Stargate. "R.I.P" is an R&B song with dubstep influences while sampling the Chase & Status remix of the Nneka song "Heartbeat". The lyrics talk about a girl confronting her boyfriend, telling him to forget about his ex. The song was released as the lead single from the album in the United Kingdom and released on 6 May 2012. The accompanying music video was directed by Emil Nava.
Drake originally wrote the song for Rihanna, titling it "I'm Ready for You".
"R.I.P." is the UK lead single from Ora's album, as well as her second solo single since being signed to Roc Nation. The song was written by Canadian artist Drake, and originally intended for Rihanna. "'R.I.P.' is a song that I originally wrote for Rihanna. Rihanna actually didn’t take the song. I think it was for Loud and Rita expressed interest in it and anything I can do for Rita, I will do". There is a remix of the song that actually features Drake singing and rapping along with Ora. The song was also co-written by Farhad Samadzada, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Nneka Egbuna, Renee Wisdom, Saul Milton, William Kennard. Ora spoke on why she wanted the song saying "I heard the demo when Drake sung it and it touched me (...) I thought it was a great woman empowering song. So I was like 'Drake, I need this song'". She also felt releasing it as her first UK solo single would be a good career move: "As a new artist wanting to make a statement, I definitely felt a confidence-boost would be the way forward. Which is why, as soon as I heard 'R.I.P.', I loved the MESSAGE behind it." The song was co-produced by English duo Chase & Status and Stargate. Ora announced that a British artist would be the only feature on the album. The artist was later revealed to be rapper Tinie Tempah and the track's name "R.I.P." In an interview she spoke on why she choose to have Tinie Tempah on the album "Having Tinie on there and working with Tinie is so great because I'm from the UK, I listen to UK music and I really wanted him to be a part of it. His flow just killed it on the beat". The song samples Chase & Status' remix of Nigerian singer Nneka's 2008 hit "Heartbeat". The song was released through digital download to Ireland on 4 May 2012 and to the United Kingdom on 6 May 2012, and was also sent to mainstream radio's in the United States on 25, April 2012. Ora described the meaning behind the track and lyrics saying "About a girl getting her own and telling her man I'm so much better than your ex girl you don't even know". Ora described the single as "a synthy, dubstep-flavoured banger."
The song received generally positive reviews from music critics. MTV described the composition of the song as "a synth-laden club track" and said that Ora's vocals were "lush and sultry."Columbia Records described the composition as "a thrusting, compelling ode to lost love."
Digital Spy gave the song three out of five stars saying that Ora "still has a considerable way to go before she reaches RiRi's level of icy command on such a track - but for a girl who once considered entering Eurovision, it's safe to say she's come along leaps and bounds".
The video for the single was shot in Hackney, East London. The video was uploaded on to Ora's official VEVO on 4 April 2012. The video was directed by Emil Nava. Ora released a 36 second teaser of the video and uploaded it to her official VEVO on 2 April 2012. She also released behind the scenes footage of her and Tinie Tempah onto the internet.
Tinie Tempah was featured on the single and in the video.
Ora uploaded a 30 second teaser on her official VEVO page of "R.I.P." before releasing the full video.
The video begins with Ora walking through a dark room with window light, then a head shot of Ora singing directly to the camera. Ora then carries on to dance around the garage and around cars. Tinie Tempah is stood next to her, rapping to the camera while she dances back to back with him. The video then carries on in the same synopsis of Ora dancing in the garage or on cars with Tinie Tempah making small appearances. On the beat provided by Nneka, a silhouette of a man dances center of the garage. A car cut in half is used in the video to give the illusion that the front is embedded in the cement of the building's foundation.
Rap-Up described the video saying "flaunts her drop-dead gorgeous looks, impeccable swag, and beanie collection as she dances on top of customized cars in a grungy warehouse. Her British pal Tinie Tempah injects some attitude, while Rita bites the bullet—literally—in the in-your-face clip".PopCrush noted that "Tinie Tempah shows up for the first few moments, then steps aside for the most part in order to let Rita do her thing. However, their scenes together crackle!"MTV reviewed the video saying "Not much goes on in the 'R.I.P.' video except for tons of vanity shots of Rita looking exceptionally hot (...) Sure, a plotline in a music video is always a good idea, but when you've got a scorching record and two extremely attractive people in the same room, there's really not much else to do except to watch them be hot".Idolator gave the video a very negative review saying "this is ridiculous. In the video for her single 'R.I.P.', British singer Rita Ora comes off like a second-hand Rihanna, from her wardrobe to the Talk That Talk-cribbing song itself" and calling Rita "the Poor Man's Rihanna".
Ora performed "R.I.P." live in studio for 4Music's show The Crush, with a live band. Ora also performed the song at Drake's Club Paradise Tour in Manchester at the M.E.N. Arena. In April Ora sang a live acoustic version of the song on Wired 95.6 radio in Philadelphia and also prior to an interview on the BBC3 coverage for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hackney, London in June.