Rihanna's upcoming eight studio album may end up being her most diverse body of work to date. With songs like "FourFiveSeconds," "Bitch Better Have My Money," and "American Oxygen" already showcasing her broad musical landscape, it looks like her island heritage will also play a significant role on the project.
"I know firsthand and secondhand that she's been reaching out to a lot of people in the dancehall world," Brooklyn producer/DJ Dre Skull, founder of Mixpak Records, the label home to Popcaan and Vybz Kartel, told The Fader. I'm not suggesting it’s gonna be [a dancehall album] but [her people] are excited about dancehall and to work in that sort of context. They've reached out to Popcaan, but I've talked to a number of people in Jamaica that they've reached out to."
Skull, who was contact by RiRi's team, further clarified: "I'm not suggesting that I know what will happen, but I do know they've talked to a bunch of artists that I know."
Rihanna's upcoming LP, dubbed R8, is slated to arrive soon.