"Every Songwriter In Jamaica" Working On Rihanna’s New Dancehall Album

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 21, 2018

The latter of two, which will be released on the famed imprint Roc Nation, is an ode to her Caribbean roots and aims to further embed dancehall's gyrating sound into the American pop music market.

A new feature in Rolling Stone sources eight people with knowledge of the album.

Back in April, reports surfaced that Rihanna was working on not one, but two new albums ― one dancehall, one pop ― and now, sources seem to have confirmed as much to Rolling Stone. One of those figures is reportedly Supa Dups, a producer she worked with on the Drake collaboration "Too Good". They're only choosing 10 records.

The list of potential collaborators includes R. City (Rihanna, Beyoncé), Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor (Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul), Linton "TJ Records" White (Serani, Vybz Kartel), Ricky Blaze (Gyptian), Tyshane "Beam" Thompson (Yo Gotti, Lecrae), Kranium, and Chronixx. The album been in the works for over nearly a year and a half.

"If the Rihanna album sells great numbers, faith will be restored in the [dancehall] genre as something to be invested in", said another anonymous dancehall producer. "I've been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project".

"Every artist, every producer, every songwriter in Jamaica or of Jamaican descent has been working on [Rihanna's album] and has little snippets of publishing or production credits on it", another source close to the project says. "I think they've got eight songs", he continues, "but her A&R is still asking for records". They're reportedly not getting to hear the final versions of their submissions before they sign their paperwork. "They're kind of mixing it up, putting in the pop", one producer says. "They're changing up the direction continuously".

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