Rihanna and her label Roc Nation have been hunting for beats as they work to complete an album devoted to exploring the singer’s Caribbean roots, according to conversations with eight sources close to the project, RollingStone reports.
Two of those sources suggest that the singer is simultaneously at work on another pop-oriented album.
That means the 30-year-old is prepping Pop and Caribbean-kissed LPs.
There’s a stacked roster of talent contributing to the reggae album: producer-writer duo R. City, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Linton “TJ Records” White, producer-singer Ricky Blaze (Gyptian), Tyshane “Beam” Thompson, and even Skrillex and Boi-1da. There are also features with Dancehall singer Kranium and Reggae singer Chronixx.
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.”
“Every artist, every producer, every songwriter in Jamaica or of Jamaican descent has been working on [Rihanna’s album] and has little snippets of publishing or production credits on it,” another source close to the project say revealed.
The pop album is still in development, sources told the publication.
“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,” a producer said.
“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,” he explained.