Quite a view Reggae and Dancehall artists will be featured on Rihanna’s next album, however, Shaggy will not be one of them. The multiple Grammy winner declined Rihanna’s invitation to be on the album because the pop princess wanted every featured artist to do an audition and he thought he was too big in his craft to be still auditioning.
The reggae singer, 51, says he passed on a chance to collaborate with the “Work” songstress, 31, after he was asked to audition for the hotly anticipated record, according to a new interview.
“They approached me for the Rihanna project, yeah,” he told British newspaper the Daily Star. “There’s a lot of great people involved but for me I didn’t need to audition to be on the record, I’ll leave that to younger guys. But from what I hear, it should be good.”
While he may not be working with Rihanna, the musician said he welcomed artists taking inspiration from the Dancehall genre.
“It’s healthy competition. Dancehall is in good place, but we need as many people to do this art form as possible,” he told the outlet. “When it crosses over and becomes popular with artists from other genres and other cultures, that can only be good.”
Reps for Shaggy and Rihanna did not immediately respond to 18 Karat Reggae request for comment.
Last year, Rihanna told Vogue that her long-awaited album would definitely be a “reggae-inspired or reggae-infused” piece of work.
“It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks,” she shared. “Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”
The word on the street is that Buju Banton whose “Long Walk to Freedom” tour was the most successful reggae tour since Bob Marley’s “Babylon by bus” will be featured on the album. It is not clear if Buju was just a little bit more humble than Shaggy and agreed to do an audition or if he just needed the exposure more than Shaggy since he was incarcerated for almost ten years.
The album will be Rihanna’s ninth and her first since 2016’s Anti.