Rihanna’s New Dancehall Album: Jamaican Producers Spill All

Published: Thursday 19th Jul 2018 by Sam

Rihanna may be serving Avon-lady of late – selling socks, sneakers, and make-up – but make no mistake: RiRi has music on the mind.

According to a new report, recording is well-underway for the star’s next project – which may manifest in the form two albums.

Per initial sources, the 30-year-old is prepping Pop and Caribbean-kissed LPs.

Now more info has emerged about the latter.

Head below for the tea…

Rolling Stone shared the following from a producer close to the process:

“[Rihanna’s team] have, no lie, 500 records for this project [from] different producers and writers. They’re only choosing 10 records. They’ve been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I’ve been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project.”

Another creative contributor weighed-in, but expressed caution about the approach of Ms. Fenty’s camp:

“Their whole thing was, ‘Yo, we’re gonna make this [album] real dancehall, [real] Caribbean. Rihanna is Bajan, so let’s make this a full project like that. To me, it hasn’t been going that way. They’re kind of mixing it up, putting in the pop. If the reggae artists and producers won’t get the chance on the pop album, at least let us survive on the dancehall album. They’re changing up the direction continuously.”

Credible Caribbean names said to be in the mix include:

Supa Dups (Drake), R. City (Beyonce), 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 hope amongst all involved is that, with act of Rihanna’s caliber flying the flag for said said in the mainstream, it’ll carry over and

Indeed, a producer who has “done quite a lot of stuff” for the album shared that labels have already started reaching out to him:

“[They’re ]asking if I had any songs that [Rihanna] didn’t take. People are already gearing up to go in that direction [towards dancehall] because somebody as big as her is doing that. If an artist like Rihanna comes out and does [an album influenced by Jamaican pop], that’s definitely going to shift the needle.”


Here for it!

Like her or loathe her, Rihanna has a unique lane and background that – if you ask us – she ought to play up much more.

Because, whatever the ever-raging debate is surrounding her abilities, her rooting is something that is unequivocally “hers” and provides her a U.S.P in a landscape dominated by homegrown American divas.

Put simply, as she continues on her quest to cement her name and sound amongst other icons, now is as opportune a time as ever to do so with material that is more authentic to her than anyone else.

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  1. Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 19, 2018

    Well I hope whoever’s creating her music for her, whoever’s creating her image and whoever’s giving her, her new thing this time get it right. Cause we know SHE ain’t doing NONE of it. I wonder which small acts music and persona she’s stealing from this time?

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 19, 2018

      I do like RiRi for the manufactured pop act that she is though. Nothing wrong with having a little bit of McDonalds or Burger King in your diet every now and then

    • Meme July 19, 2018

      Beyoncé has an entire team of producers, writers and creative putting her music and image together as well. The difference is Rihanna’s music actually pops and Beyoncé’s….well, you know how that goes.

      So exactly what do you mean by finally gets it right? Do you need a refresher of how Antis singles slayed the charts and how The album stayed charted longer than your fav?

      • SMH July 19, 2018

        PREACH. beyonce has also mastered the art of generic McAlbums and singles. Difference is, Rihanna’s team actually produces hits.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 19, 2018

        Beyonce will get a song and rework the whole entire vocal and layout of the song adding complex harmonies, layers, minor chords, scales runs and all things that the producers and writers could have never even fathomed, though of it executed. Rihanna does not have that ability. She is literally given the song and sings it how the demo is sung with her ABC, basic harmonies and generic vocals. I’m sorry. I’m no beyonce fanatic but she can transform a song and make it her like a true vocal wonder- rihanna sings the song likes it written- basic, straight up and down, boring and can always be done better by someone else. Sorry. To different categories of talent. Rihanna popular tho.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 19, 2018

        Anti was nothing more than Rihanna’s attempt at being SZA, btw. A watered down generic non writing SZA ???who was trying to steal poor lil tinashe’s songs that she actually wrote and loved

      • iamdiego July 19, 2018

        pressed much? the hate. my prayers are with you love. Your low key obsessed with a certain artist. this has nothing to do with her. why take away rih’s shine if she’s your fav? I never hear Rihanna talk about other artist good or bad. she minds her business. this is why I love her. her fans are the worst.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 19, 2018

        @diego rihanna def tried to cyber bully Ciara and try to push that fake ass bad girl thing she pretends to be behind her security guards and her keyboard.

      • iamdiego July 19, 2018

        That was like 7 years ago Iol let me rephrase that, I meant as of recently. there is growth. The bad girl thing is her gimmick, but it fits her well.

      • Meme July 19, 2018

        @Jasmine you must not have heard Apesh*t original version by Migos. IDENTICAL to the Beyoncé’s.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 19, 2018

        @meme u talking about a rap song.. I’m talking about a singer song.. a foreal song. Not trap mumble rap nonsense.

      • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) July 19, 2018

        Meme don’t call that thing Jasmine. That is vile t***** trash you are speaking too. Why the F.U.C.K. are there so many men using my name in their username on this site? They are all obsessed with me for some reason. This post alone got like 5 different Jasmine’s commenting but I know I am the only one that is a woman.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 20, 2018

        @Trollmine STFU U CANT SIT WITH US BLACKULA ? !!!

  2. The Empress July 19, 2018

    I’ve been waiting for Rihanna to commit to a Caribbean-flavored pop/stadium anthem type album.

    • iamdiego July 19, 2018


  3. Alex July 19, 2018

    “Serving Avon lady as of late” ???

  4. Meme July 19, 2018

    This generations 1 and only groundbreaking black artist.

    I can not wait. You know when Rihanna drops you’re getting QUALITY music, well written and produced, your getting something different from her, and you’re getting a chart topping single and album.

    LETS GO! R9

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 19, 2018

      How are you ground breaking but you can’t perform, can’t dance nor sing live? Lol hahahahaha

      • iamdiego July 19, 2018


      • Jasmine (The Original Princess) July 19, 2018

        The same way you can be pregnant and your belly folding . ?‍♂️

    • Hmmm… July 19, 2018

      Lmaooooo. The delusion in this comment is thicker than Rihanna’s Frigidaire shaped body sis!!!!! Let’s calm down. The girl has the same number of number 1 albums as Trey Songz. One of which didn’t even debut top 20. Out of 8. Doing the math, that’s a 25% success rate for topping the chart and 12.5% for debuting. And honestly, it’s difficult to argue rihanna’s music to be anything more than organized noise, with repetitive hooks and—the only contribution i’d believe she makes to her hundreds of song writers—her trademark unintelligible but rhythmic ad libs that she seems to think is an acceptable substitute for actual words.

      For the decade she’s been here, Rihanna has been nothing but a blank canvas; a mere vessel, privileged by aesthetics, physical attractiveness, and popularity; for the REAL artists who do everything for her to express themselves through. What’s groundbreaking about a black female “artist” adopting a “bad girl” persona, heavily relying on s**, nudity, drug use, and glamorized gun use and provocative violence to make herself interesting??? What’s groundbreaking about her lack of vocal, dancing, and writing abilities and the insulting amount of laziness she puts into her live performances? The only thing groundbreaking about Rihanna is that she’s managed to be successful in spite of her impressive mediocrity—a situation that’s usually reserved for the white girls.

      • And what July 19, 2018

        Girl you just wrote a whole book and said absolutely nothing…?????. Why’ve you so worked up over Rih? I love it, she keeps the lames pressed! Oh and one of her Albums and singles (GGGB) has outsold Trey Songz whole discography. You tried it tho h0£.

      • Clayne July 19, 2018

        PREACH ??

      • Hmmm… July 19, 2018

        @And What Lol. I wrote nothing but you understood what I said and you know how I feel?? ? Give it up sis. You had nothing to come for. I knew the replies to this comment would consist of complaints about length and “being a hater”, you know, the usual pathetic attempt to invalidate a comment by deflecting to something frivolous. I like how you couldn’t be bothered to defend Rihanna’s talent, quality of music, or artistry (for obvious reasons) but made an effort to pick out the most irrelevant comment to mention how Rihanna is eons more successful than Trey Songz. As if that changes the fact that she has a grand total of 2/8 chart topping albums. And as if that doesn’t prove my point further. I used him as the example for this very reason. Rihanna is so much more successful than him but has the same number of number 1 albums?? And it went right over your head. Dumb af.

    • DIABETES UNBOTHERED July 19, 2018

      Self titled killed rihS Entire catalog

      CANTi only sold 124k first wk back in 2016 back when ppl were still BUYING albums. lol Why would RIH SCHEDULED whom is in their 30s now sell any better While STREAMING is at its ppeak? ANTI social only sold 600k… rihs lowest seller yet in the US despite a ragae #1 smash for 8 wks str8. At this point a rih single has to go #1, it’s not even an option ?

    • DanYiel Iman July 20, 2018

      Ri-Whine-A is a naturally gifted ugly woman whose live music stinks and she’s a FRAUD FROM THE CARIBBEAN!!✌??

  5. SMH July 19, 2018

    Lol. This site can continue to hate on Rihanna all day long. Fact remains that she’s not on any “quest” to cement her name, her name is ALREADY cemented in the history books; she is the only black female artist of this generation who’s name appears on basically all of the ‘Greatest of All Time’ and ‘Most Charted in History’ lists. And in the top 10 of those lists. Meanwhile, that other artist that this site worships 24/7 who actually IS on a quest to cement her name? Well her name is found nowhere on any of those lists.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ July 19, 2018

      Can she sing live slay a stage or do something that no1 else in her field can do? NO! The kardashians are popular and in history books too- your point? Lol

      • iamdiego July 19, 2018

        kiii! I was gonna say the Glee cast made history and is popular on the Hot100 too lol.

    • iamdiego July 19, 2018

      what are you trying to prove? how yall bring up BEYONCE and get mad when your tea is clocked? where is the logic? they like Rihanna too clearly. its just friendly shade (the avon joke) lol. relax and stop being trolled. can we get some unity or nah? TGJ pls throw friendly shade on a Bey post for the next one. its all love. its really not that deep.

      • Tried it July 19, 2018

        Girl bye ? . You cloaked yourself with the glee hot 100 joke, but I’m still looking Beyonce tho ?. I do see glee ??‍♂️

  6. Keith July 19, 2018

    Im here to see what whoever is A&R’ing this Rhianna project comes up with. She can be counted on for a bop or two and some on trend looks….

  7. Achooo! July 19, 2018

    I hope during her break she took some dancing and rhythm classes. If not, it’s going to be a hot stiff mess like Pon de Replay. You be tired and lazy with dancehall music

  8. Gee July 19, 2018

    This can really produce big things if everything is finessed properly. Can’t wait for the final results.

  9. SuxMyCockiness =o July 19, 2018

    Yaaasss! This is what I’ve been waiting for. AGLM was probably her most Reggae/Dancehall influenced album, but she lacked the confidence back then to put those songs to the forefront. I think a lot of people have been waiting for this ?

  10. SNF July 19, 2018

    Im guessing two #1s maybe 3

  11. Girl July 19, 2018

    I’m exxied to hear her project but I don’t take her seriously as an artist at all. Not since I heard the Sia Diamonds demo & it sounded like she literally just copy and pasted. She’s a great chameleon tho

  12. Jj July 19, 2018

    What about Bajan producers?

  13. HolyGhost July 19, 2018

    Rihanna is NOT Jamaican! She is Bajan! Why doesn’t she ever show any love to Soca music?

  14. DIABETES UNBOTHERED July 19, 2018

    CANTi only sold 124k first wk back in 2016 back when ppl were still BUYING albums. lol Why would RIH SCHEDULED whom is in their 30s now sell any better While STREAMING is at its ppeak? ANTI social only sold 600k… rihs lowest seller yet in the US despite a ragae #1 smash for 8 wks str8. At this point a rih single has to go #1, it’s not even an option ?

  15. DIABETES UNBOTHERED July 19, 2018

    If Drake only sold 200k, most sold on day 1 mind you then Rih will only do Kelly Rowland numbers ?

  16. CX July 19, 2018

    YESSSSS!!!! The music isn’t going to be the problem it’s the rollout. Roc Nation let’s not try no surprise drop or some long drawn out release launch. Just give us back our Rihvembers. November for four years was so uniquely hers… and a true mature dancehall record would be so iconic from her… Please finally a proper bob Marley sample too!!!

    • DIABETES UNBOTHERED July 19, 2018

      November is a popular release month in general. Which would explain RIH SCEDULEDs lack of #1 albums. Lets try not to forget Adele was LITERALLY the reason why Anti didn’t come out till late Januaror till they we’re confident about a #1 sales wk ?

  17. CX July 19, 2018

    AND Rihanna u better do some soca too.

  18. Olusheyi July 19, 2018

    I just hope that it is good music

    • DIABETES UNBOTHERED July 19, 2018

      The album will only be as good as you look in mirrors

  19. JasmineIsTrash July 19, 2018

    Rihanna is queen! Her dance hall tinged tracks are my favorite! Looking forward to new RiRi music!

  20. Thando July 19, 2018

    Sounds exciting. And Rihanna has an ear for a smash hit; you don’t get 14 US #1s without knowing what a hit is. “Work, work, work” was a SMASH. I will buy this. 500 songs damn that’s a lot of songs and I’m sure there a plenty of hit there. Bring it on!!!!

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