Back in May, a profile in Vogue Magazine said that Rihanna may have a dancehall album in the works. Now in July, Rihanna reportedly has 500 songs for the potential album.
According to a report from Rollingstone, Rihanna has been working on the Dancehall inspired album for over a year and has amassed close to 500 records for the same. According to sources close to the singer and her label Roc Nation, several high profile producers and songwriters have submitted their work to RiRi whose roots are in Barbados.
Supa Dups, who produced Drake’s hit ‘Controlla’ is one of the producers reportedly involved in the project, although he declined to confirm it. Some of the other talents include 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.
Rihanna has also done some sessions with Skrillex and Boi-1da. RiRi and her team are supposedly working on narrowing down the album to 10 songs.
A third producer who has “done quite a lot of stuff” for the album said that the labels have started reaching out to him “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,” he adds. “If an artist like Rihanna comes out and does [an album influenced by Jamaican pop], that’s definitely going to shift the needle.”