Rihanna Originally Wanted Vybz Kartel & Popcaan For “Work” Instead in Place of Drake

Drake almost never got a feature on Rihanna now No. 1 single “Work.” Sources told us that the Bajan pop star originally wanted Vybz Kartel, Popcaan or Mavado for the single off her latest album ANTI.

Rihanna reached out to a few dancehall artists last year summer to add some island flavor to her album. Sources told us that Popcaan, Vybz Kartel, and Mavado were among the local artists that her team reached out to.

VIDEO: Rihanna Ft. Drake – Work

“Several songs were recorded but eventually she ended up choosing “Work” which turned out to be a huge single,” sources said.

Our sources also told us that Rihanna recorded around 52 songs for her ANTI album so she still has plenty more singles to release another album later this year.

ANTI was released on January 28 and went platinum the same day after over a million downloads in less than 24 hours. Rihanna is also gearing up to hit the road for her ANTI world tour starting this month after a brief delay.

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  1. This track sounds awesome with Drake on it…
    But if it were Kartel.. This would have been fire ?.. Platinum infact..
    Thumbs up for the good work though

  2. drake is dope but ……..if kartel was in de song man………… it will be something else koz di man is di best

  3. I guarantee you Vybz Kartel would kill this track

  4. Vybz Kartel is the king of the dancehall he has the biggest influence right now and has been for years.

  5. Kartel would hav killed the song with lyrics jah know kartel is dancehall

  6. This is all fake…rumourous…DRAKE does enough….those guys no….bt anwy this blog is fake and lucks facts cozhis was both drake and rihanna project…this is s**t.

  7. This is all fake…rumourous…DRAKE does enough….those guys no….bt anwy this blog is fake and lucks facts coz this was both their project…this is s**t

  8. Vybz Kartel I thought he was in prison.this new sound like something made up

  9. world boss is well know here in Ghana, in fact he is the best dancehall artist from Ja we know

  10. first off, why change up the comment section urbanislandz? anyhow…

    ppl still deny how influential and powerful world boss music is, still say he’s nothing outside of JA. lol a tru unnu nuh ovastand how “On the map” he is. Alot of the big artists worldwide know and respect kartel’s work and view him as the best/biggest contemporary dancehall act. he is well respected, mick jagger will tell u. remarkable that kartel was/is able to have such an outreach & impact worldwide while not being able to leave likkle JA.. how can u doubt n underestimate him?

  11. This story is bogus. OVO, PND, Boi1da and Drake created this song. Party Next Door wrote her lines and created the vocal template for this track (there is a demo track of PND singing the song).

  12. Anythng kartel touch turns gold ask Beyonce

  13. Drake and OVO made the song. They asked Rihanna to be on it. Partynextdoor wrote her lines. look into it.

  14. Would have been a much better song with Kartel. Drake’s contribution to it is a bit lame (although some of his other solo stuff is alright, but he’s not as consistently good as Worl’ Boss, he ain’t in the same league.)

  15. Your source is lying as per usual.

  16. Vybz Kartel would have made the song dope but it’s already dope.