Rihanna Drops ‘Cockiness’ Remix, Recruits A$AP Rocky For 2012 VMA Performance

By Rob Markman

Rihanna’s 2012 MTV Video Music Awards performance just got a little more gangsta! On Tuesday (September 4) it was announced that the Bajan bombshell will be opening the big show Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, but that’s not all. The Talk That Talk singer will also be joined by A$AP Rocky.

Lil Wayne Added To 2012 VMA Performance Lineup

Rih Rih and Rocky will be treating fans to the first-ever live performance of their new single “Cockiness (I Love It)” remix. The original appears on Rihanna’s Talk That Talk LP, but the remix can be streamed right now on the pop star’s MTV artist page, then immediately following her VMA performance she will release the track exclusively on iTunes. Rihanna will also perform her #1 single “We Found Love” as well.

“Pretty motherf—er with the Mossberg/ Jiggy motherf—er at my concert,” Rocky spits to start the Bangladesh-produced track before he cranks up his verse with lyrics like, “Tell Rih Rih, I go re-re-tarded/ On the remix of the re-recording.”

This time last year, Rocky was prepping for the Halloween drop of his debut mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, but since its release he has become the cream of rap’s new crop. Now fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of his solo debut album LongLiveA$AP, which is led by the thumping single “Goldie,” produced by G.O.O.D. Music beat smith Hit-Boy.

Rocky isn’t the only rap draw added to the VMA lineup today. Young Money boss Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz are all scheduled to hit the Video Music Award stage.

You’re not going to want to miss this.

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are set to go live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. But before it all goes down, don’t miss our “Jersey Shore” special “Gym, Tan, Look Back” at 6 p.m. and our pre-show with Demi Lovato at 7 p.m.! And head over to VMA.MTV.com to vote on Best New Artist and Most Share-Worthy Video!