Shaggy didn’t want to “audition” to be apart of the project.
One of the people that was reportedly reached out to was Shaggy. In a recent interview, the international reggae star revealed that Rihanna’s peeps had reached out to him for a collab on R9 but he ended up declining. His reason? He didn’t feel the need to audition for it.
“They approached me for the Rihanna project, yeah. 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,” he said. “But from what I hear, it should be good.”
She previously shared details in a cover with Vogue, explaining that the direction of reggae just feels right. “It’s in my blood. It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It’s always the same high. 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,” she said.