The song calls the younger generation the “new America,” who “sweat for a nickel and a dime” and “turn it into an empire.”
Later in the performance, the singer took on Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which in its original language would allow business owners to refuse service to anyone on the basis that doing so is exercising their right to religious freedom. Many viewed the law as an attempt to legalize discrimination against the LGBT community.
Before launching into her song “Live Your Life,” Rihanna said, “Who’s feeling these new bullshit laws they’re trying to pass over here? I say f–k that shit.”
Watch the full performance here. “American Oxygen” begins around the 2:30 mark. The Religious Freedom remarks are around the 13:30 mark.