The Fenty Army is getting more and more impatient for Rihanna’s new album to come out. Who can blame them? It’s been ages since the Bajan singer has blessed us with fresh beats and live performances. Truth to be told, she’s been insanely busy doing what bad gals do: runs multiple businesses, advocates for inclusivity and rules the world of beauty and fashion. Allow us to remind you of her best hip-hop collaborations to play on repeat while waiting for that R9 to go live.
Riri gained the status "Bad Gal" with her third studio album “Good Girls Gone Bad” in 2007. Her collaboration with Jay-Z on “Umbrella” was one of the most popular songs not only from the album but in general. Thankfully, Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige both rejected the song that turned out to be a major hit for Rihanna and Jay-Z. “Umbrella” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. It’s a pop and R&B song with hip-hop and rock elements that form a catchy rhythm that gets stuck in your head.
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“What’s My Name” is all that we have left from Rihanna and Drake after the singer shockingly admitted that they are not even friends anymore. She famously turned her head the other way while Drake was trying to lock lips with her on the 2016 MTV Awards’ stage. On the bright side, the electro R&B song elevated her fifth studio album “Loud” reaching No.1 on Billboard’s list in 2010. The dynamic duo has also collaborated on “Take Care,” “Work,” and “Too Good.” At least they made some good music together.
It took Kanye West months to perfect “All of the Lights,” but all the long hours in the studio really paid off. The song won the best rap/sung performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards. The complex composition features contributions from John Legend, Alicia Keys, Fergie, The-Dream, Elly Jackson, Kid Cudi, Elton John, and Drake, but Rihanna’s vocal got the leading part.
Bad Gal revealed how the collaboration between them happened at the MTV Europe Music Awards:
"[Kanye] actually played his album to me, like, three months ago, and 'All of the Lights,' that was one of my favorite songs. So when he asked me to come up to the studio at 2 o'clock in the morning, I had to, because I loved it, I knew it was that song”
A 2 o-clock in the morning call? That’s so Kanye!
Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West ran the town back in 2009 when the trio united to record this iconic song. It was a part of Jay-Z’s eleventh studio album “The Blueprint 3.” Getting these three stars on a single collaboration was a moment that went straight down to music history. “Run This Town,” won Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
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Live Your Life” is the best-selling song ever for T.I. as a main artist. The track proved to be more than a commercial success - it’s an inspirational anthem in the first place. It was a part of T.I.’s sixth studio album “Paper Trail” and speaks about the rapper’s rise to fame, his bright future and shows support for American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The song samples O-Zone’s infamous “Dragostea Din Tei.” Ten years later, “Live Your Life” is still that song that we never get tired of.