Watch n' Learn

Album: Talk That Talk (2011)


  • This instructional tune was produced by Hit-Boy, who has also worked on tracks by the likes of Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne and The Throne. He wrote the song with the American singer-songwriter Priscilla Renea, who has also penned hit numbers for Selena Gomez ("Who Says").
  • The track wasn't originally earmarked for any artist in particular when Hit-Boy started working on it. "I kind of went into the situation blind, but I had this track I actually started at home, and the one day I was at the studio with this amazing Priscilla Renea, and I was going to tell her to go home, but I was like, 'Stay here and see if you could come up with an idea for this,'" he recalled to MTV News of the song's origin. "And by the time I got back to the house she sent me the idea through iChat, and I was like, 'Man, this is crazy.' So we got it to [Rihanna], and they went crazy, and she cut it, and that's what it is!"
  • The song finds sexpert Rihanna giving her men instructions. Its one of a number of tracks on Talk That Talk that focuses on the Bajan singer getting frisky with different guys. Hit-Boy told MTV News why Ri-Ri is so intent on satisfying her carnal desires on the album. "I mean it's called Talk That Talk and she's definitely talking that talk — especially, I know, from my record," he said. "It's called 'Watch n' Learn,' and people will understand what it's about once it comes out. It's a very sexy record, but it's fun. It's [got] great melodies; it's catchy; the beat knocks. It's so many different elements to it."


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