‘Man Down’ pt. 2?
Rihanna is working on her follow-up to 2016’s ANTI, and although there’s not that much information about #R9 out there right now, she recently revealed one of its influences in a cover story with Vogue: reggae.
In the interview, writer Chioma Nnadi explains how Rihanna was planning to make a reggae album (hereafter referred to as ‘Reganna’) influenced by Supa Dups, the producer behind 2016’s “Work”, and naturally Bob Marley. “I’m gonna sound like a real tourist when I tell you my top Bob songs,” Rihanna said, before naming “Three Little Birds”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Redemption Song”, and “Buffalo Soldiers” as favourites.
One artist who might not make the Reganna record (look, we’re going with this) is Diplo. Last year the producer recounted a story of playing her a beat in the studio – to which she responded, “This sounds like a reggae song at an airport”.
Elsewhere in the Vogue profile, the singer discusses her upcoming role in Ocean's 8, her Fenty lingerie line, and her relationship with Drake (“We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either”). Read it in full here.