Rihanna Accused of “Ripping Off Fergie” On New N.E.R.D. Song ‘Lemon’

Published: Wednesday 1st Nov 2017 by Rashad

Hours after its release, Rihanna‘s faithful fan base – affectionately christened ‘The Navy’ – continue to sing the Grammy winner’s praises for her bars on N.E.R.D.‘s surprise drop, ‘Lemon.’

As we reported here, the tune has silenced and confirmed longstanding rumors of the Pharrell Williams-led group’s reunion and soon-to-come new album.  Featuring a flow from Rih that would make even the most seasoned emcees envious, her adventurous contribution to the cut earned a thumbs up from many – That Grape Juice included.

The problem?  Some are accusing the ‘Work’ wailer of fashioning her flow after another rapper/singer: Fergie.  See the Twitter responses inside and let us know if you agree:



Ouch!  Unfamiliar with the tune?  Listen to the song below and tell us how you feel:


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  1. Fancy BISH November 1, 2017


  2. king z November 1, 2017

    ha! here i was thinking it was just me who thought this

    • LiamP November 1, 2017

      no i thought it instantly

  3. KeriIsKween November 1, 2017

    i didn’t hear it at first now thinking it’s fergie rapping will make me hate the song.

    thanks for nothing TGJ!

    • Caleb November 2, 2017


  4. Bam November 1, 2017

    It definitely has Fergie feels but that said Fergie in 2006 was getting blasted for ripping Gwen Stefanis style.

    • LiamP November 1, 2017

      good point! this is true

    • Ropeburn November 2, 2017

      The common link between all three is Pharell.

    • Caleb November 2, 2017

      Kind of off-topic but when I first heard Fergie on “All the Lights” with Rihanna and Kanye back in 2010 I thought it was nelly furtado.

  5. Markjones November 1, 2017

    I don’t see how she ripped something she didn’t write …. if people listen to the original track , all she is doing she saying the line already written for the track and they put her name in it….. this is a reach ……

    • Meme November 1, 2017

      You can’t be that dumb. I’ve heard the same demo recorded by rihanna and brandy (stupid in love) and rihanna and Nicole schzy (bad girl) but all sound different. Not because a artist didn’t write the song means they’re not going to sing it in their style. Both Pharrell and rihanna had the exact same rap verse with the same lyrics in this song but the way she raps it is what makes it sound like Fergie.

    • Meme November 1, 2017

      Nevermind disregard my comment. I wasn’t sure if you were on Rihanna side or not lol

      • BootzShza November 2, 2017

        Dumb bish with poor reading comprehension. Hah.

  6. Rihboy November 1, 2017

    Honey but fergie appropriated and ripped off more than anything. And this is Rihanna not fergie. I don’t think she went in the studio and was like oh I’m going to turn my fergie switch on. Just appreciate and move on. Don’t like it don’t bother.

  7. Erica November 1, 2017

    She sounds just like Fergie

  8. Meme November 1, 2017

    Yeah and every other girls in music rips off Rihanna. Halsey, Zara Larson, Tinashe, Rita Ora, Teyanna Taylor, Keke Palmer, Pia Mia….do you need me to keep going on?

    I have to say though, she does sound like Fergie. The way she slurs her words, and the ablibs and sounds she makes sound identical to fergies style. It’s very weird that rihanna would approve this.

    • Electrikblue November 1, 2017

      I’d like examples of how Teyana Taylor ripped off Rihanna also Halsey ? Since she writes her music. Oh and Tinashe also? Her music is different than Rihanna

      • Tori November 2, 2017

        Didn’t Rihanna take “Joy Ride” from Tinashe and have yet to use it? Wouldn’t she be the one copying Tinashe according to your logic?

      • Meme November 2, 2017

        Do look up Halsey now or never performance at that award show. The song sounds 100% like Needed Me, and her stage outfit was 100% identical to rihanna outfit when she accepted her fashion icon award. Also the way Halsey moves and her gestures during her performance is very rihanna. All these girls are influenced by rihanna.

      • BootzShza November 2, 2017

        Disregard Meme. Meme is really stupid. She just said every girls copies Rihanna, but then she admitted Rihanna sounds a lot like Fergie. You can tell by her thought process she makes an ASSumption, then the further along she writes down her thoughts the more she starts to realize she’s contradicting herself. Poor thing. She’s just confused.

    • Drinkmybussyjuice November 2, 2017

      Teyana Taylor was a huge reach bihh

      • Credits November 2, 2017

        I was going to say that they should have just gotten teyana Taylor to be the main dancing chick in the video since the visual format is so similar to Kanye’s ‘faded.’

  9. Mark111 November 2, 2017

    That flow is Pharrell’s, it’s the same from Missy’s Where Ya From with Rihanna’s accent. You think of Fergie because Fergie worked with Pharrell before as well.

  10. AnonymousTruth November 2, 2017

    People are so extra ….. like who is Fergie for Rihanna to be ‘copying’
    I bet Rihanna just thought ‘ let me try something ‘ with how she rapped the verse ….. not even a single thought about Fergie …. and most likely didn’t even have the after either thought this sounds like Fergie’s style …. it’s only now she will probably realise . Either way .. who cares . People make something out of NOTHING . Gosh social media really does the most . Rihanna is not the type to be mimicking other artists these days.

    Early on .. they tried to Beyoncé her career , but then she got edgier and more of her own artist …. wth would she wanna mimicking Fergie of all people ?

    • Oh na na November 15, 2020

      Rihanna mimicks for a living! It’s annoying when you hear her demos how she just copies the original singer. Sia thought it was herself singing Diamonds. Her only talent is picking songs. Lemon is basic and Rih sounds like an amateur rapping. Really weird sounding and manly.

  11. Suicide Blonde November 2, 2017

    She does sound like Fergie, why some of her fans are trying to deny that? ??‍♂️ It’s not a big deal, Rihanna is copied by many Pop girls, but even the most influential artists take from others, nothing wrong with it, as long as it doesn’t happen too often.

  12. We are the grandchildren of the slaves you couldn’t kill – tyler November 2, 2017

    A suprise release titled Lemon #BeyInspire

    • Fancy BISH November 2, 2017

      Truth tea lol

  13. Lala November 2, 2017

    White people really telling a black girl to stop ripping from a girl that has been stealing the flow from other black girlss…!! ????

    • B**** please November 2, 2017

      Lala stop with your racism, stop play the black privilege card it’s not cute at all…
      #all lives matter ?‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️?‍♀️

  14. oh please November 2, 2017


    Did not hear fergie at ALL and Fergie is legit putting on a voice whenever she ‘raps’ – Fergie was only ever getting a pass, please don’t get cocky.

  15. Coolio November 2, 2017

    Fergie is not the first to sing rap…..
    Neither one of them spit any bars.

  16. #JACKIE November 2, 2017

    Rihanna’s so washed up. Look at how FAT she is.

  17. DanYiel Iman November 2, 2017

    I’m tired of people acting as if Ri-Whine-A voice is something special she sounds horrible LIVE!! ??‍♂️

  18. Alex November 2, 2017

    I thought the same thing, first listen. But, Fergie is impersonating a black woman sooooooo. Rihanna.

    • B**** please November 2, 2017

      Alex girl you are reaching as always, peace be with you ??

  19. Caleb November 2, 2017

    “I feel like this NERD song with Rihanna was sent to Fergie and she rejected it …”

    She really doesn’t need to be passing up any opportunities at this point though.

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