From the upcoming launch of Yeezy’s oft-delayed Yandhi to 2 Chainz’ Rap Or Go To The League followup to 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, there isn’t any doubt that 2019 will likely be a strong yr for brand new hip hop music. Thankfully for the thousands and thousands of RiRi followers clamoring for a successor to 2016’s double-platinum ANTI, the Fenty Beauty queen has let it (deliberately) slip that she’s gearing as much as put down the mixing brush in favor of dropping some new tracks. To the delight of the loyal sailors within the #RihannaNavy, rumors, leaks and sneak peaks have been trickling in in regards to the Barbados-born singer’s ninth studio launch.
2019 is lastly right here, which implies that it is time to spherical up all the things we find out about RiRi’s upcoming full-length challenge.
While the official title of RiRi’s upcoming studio album has but to be revealed, followers have been referring to the challenge as “R9” on social media for fairly a while.
To date, the one affirmation that the “Work” singer has given about R9 is the yr of launch, fastidiously side-stepping any stan questions in regards to the challenge’s identify and/or inspiration.
While Rihanna has side-stepped, one among her mainstay producers, Kuk Hurrell (who has produced alongside the formidable hit-making trio of Tricky Stewart and The-Dream) provided phrases of assurance to anxious followers throughout an Instagram Live session in December.
When a fan hopped on his Live to ask about R9, he responded, “Everything is nice. R9 is superb.” He added, “That’s the primary query everyone all the time asks me. It’s unbelievable. And that’s all I’ma say.”
In April 2018, rumors swirled that RiRi was engaged on not one, however two albums– one composed of Top 40-friendly bops and the opposite a group of “moody, experimental” tracks not designed for radio play and mass consumption. Potentially following in Drake’s footsteps, a la Scorpion’s double album launch, Rihanna is clearly not keen to chop the multitude of tracks she’s had years to good.
“Rihanna wasn’t proud of how her final album carried out,” a source close to the singer revealed to Metro. “Even although she liked the way it turned out, she is aware of she wants a brand new challenge filled with smash hits to keep away from two back-to-back flops…she’s at present recording two albums – one filled with chart-friendly songs, and one other made up of moody and experimental tracks – and is contemplating releasing a double disc if she feels the songs received’t mesh effectively on the identical album.”
Adding some weight to the whispers, one other supply from Rihanna’s camp let slip to Rolling Stone double album was within the works.
Following up on the double album rumor, sources additional clarified the challenge’s bi-genre cut up. According to Rolling Stone, a number of the greatest producers within the dancehall/reggae phrases have contributed to the non-pop half of the discharge together with however not restricted to “Supa Dups, producer-writer duo R. City (Rihanna, Beyoncé), Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor (Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul), Linton “TJ Records” White (Serani, Vybz Kartel), producer-singer Ricky Blaze (Gyptian), Tyshane “Beam” Thompson (Yo Gotti, Lecrae), dancehall singer Kranium and reggae singer Chronixx.”
Additionally, one producer near the album’s evolution revealed that “the mainstream Top 40 machine has been represented at some Rihanna periods by celebrity digital producer Skrillex and Boi-1da (Drake, Beyoncé and Jay-Z).”
“[Rihanna’s team] have, no lie, 500 information for this challenge [from] completely different producers and writers,” added another anonymous dancehall producer, speaking with Rolling Stone. “They’re solely selecting 10 information. They’ve been having writing camps and making an attempt to maintain them quiet for nearly a yr and a half now. I’ve been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., reducing information nonstop for this challenge.”
“Every artist, each producer, each songwriter in Jamaica or of Jamaican descent has been engaged on [Rihanna’s album] and has little snippets of publishing or manufacturing credit on it,” said yet another source, who also wished to remain anonymous (and keep away from the wrath of RiRi’s NDA authorized group, undoubtedly).
Just as a result of Rihanna hasn’t dropped a studio album doesn’t suggest that she’s stayed out of the trade totally throughout her hiatus. In 2017, she had a stints of collaborations: Pharrell on “Lemon,” Kendrick Lamar on “Loyalty,” DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller on “Wild Thoughts,” Calvin Harris on “This is What You Came For” and Future on “Selfish.”
She’s rumored to hyperlink up with previous companions as soon as extra on R9. Additionally, RiRi snapchatted herself listening to reggae artist Buju Banton early 2018, and was later caught carrying a shirt with an image of his face on it whereas headed right into a NY recording studio.
Additionally, H.E.R. has been fanning the Rihanna rumor flame– in March of final yr, she revealed she’s bought “some secret initiatives arising” with Rihanna. When prodded if these have been “collabs,” H.E.R. replied, “Something like that.”
As for who WON’T be on R9? According to DJ and report producer Diplo himself, Rihanna gave him a tough move (once more) however he is nonetheless hopeful that they may ultimately work collectively. “We talked a little bit because she’s writing a lot of new music right now for her next project and, hopefully, we can connect.”
While there aren’t even any crumbs of snippets of potential music from the album, there are nonetheless rumors.
First, it was reported in 2017 by BreatheHeavy that Rihanna registered two new songs beneath ASCAP, entitled “Phatty” and “Only One Who Knows.”
“Phatty” has writing credit attributed to Rihanna, Mark Anthony and Buju Banton (strengthening the chance that he will likely be an album collaborator). “Only One Who Knows” additionally has RiRi herself listed among the many writing credit. We’ll must see if these registered songs land on R9.
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