Nov 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Rihanna

Now Things: A Q+A with Watch the Throne Producer Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Haitian-American producer Shama (Sham) Joseph first landed on our radar with his production for Rihanna’s “Man Down.” The reggae-flavored hit (now officially a touchstone) brought RiRi back to her Caribbean roots but also grabbed our attention with the opening tag, “Sak Pase!”— “What’s happening” in Kreyòl. Building on the momentum of “Man Down,” Sham placed “Who Gon Stop Me” and “Made it in America,” two of the best tracks on Kanye West and Jay-Z’s blockbuster Watch the Throne album. Apparently, he was just getting warmed up, though, as a partial list of the artists he’s working with currently reads like a list of hip-hop, R&B and dancehall’s biggest hitmakers of the last 10 years: Sean Paul, T.I., Keyshia Cole, Usher, Ciara, Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Mavado. So whether you’ve got Haitian friends or not, get used to hearing “Sak Pase!” a whole hell of a lot. We recently spoke with the Fort Lauderdale, Florida native over the phone from his current homebase in Atlanta.

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Three Men Down: Cris Cab, Wyclef + Mavado Hit by “Rihanna’s Gun”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

We’ve been hearing about Miami’s Cris Cab for a minute but, after hearing “Rihanna’s Gun,” we get the sense we completely had him twisted. While there’s a definite Wyclef (specifically Wyclef channeling Bob Marley) vibe to his single “Good Girls,” we had him mostly pegged as a Starbucks-y John Mayer type. But “Rihanna’s Gun” (produced by ‘Clef and his brother, Sedeck Jean) is some badman business, with young Cris (seriously, we’re not sure he’s even graduated high school) holding his own next to the MFin’ Gully Gad, Mavado, as he responds to Rihanna’s “Man Down.” As much as this song is about being humbled and wounded, CC turns the phrase “Rikers Island” like a hardened shotta. Count us officially intrigued by the possibilitie of his Echo Boom mixtape, featuring production from Pharrell and Supa Dups among others, out next Wednesday. Stream and DL “Rihanna’s Gun” below.

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Toppa Top 10: Rihanna’s Biggest Bashment Tunes

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Fashion Fridays: Rihanna Designs for Armani

Words by Jesse Serwer

It’s safe to say that everyone wants a piece of Rihanna at this point. If it’s not her body they/we are after, then it’s a slice of what’s going into her wallet. The “sexiest woman alive” has inked a number of endorsement deals in recent months, becoming the face of Vita Coco and Barbados’ tourism board. One of her latest maneuvers is a partnership with Giorgio Armani’s Emporio label, for which she has appeared in ads for its fall/winter collection. The singer has also designed a capsule collection consisting of two pairs of jeans, two T-shirts and underwear for the line, which is slated to appear in stores any minute now. We can’t lie: the clothes don’t look all that (See what we mean below). This is really just an excuse to post the above pic (from a recent Armani print ad) and Armani’s recent, noir-style commercial (or, as they call it, “short film”) depicting Rihanna stripping down to her underwear in the backseat of a limo:

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Yacht, Club: Stream Rihanna’s “You Da One”

Words by Jesse Serwer

Somehow, in between modeling endless bathing suits aboard a yacht during her recent Italian vacation, Rihanna has put the finishing touches on her album Talk That Talk. The advance word on the LP, out Nov. 21, is that its “the dirtiest pop album since Madonna’s Erotica.” On first listen to the album snippet currently floating around online, there doesn’t appear to anything quite as brap-worthy as “Rude Boy” or “Man Down” but there’s certainly some tunes that will fit nicely in the dancehall—most notably the as-filthy-as-it-sounds “Cockiness.” Today, Rihanna leaked the full version of “You Da One,” the album’s second single (produced by Dr. Luke) and a track with a strong island undercurrent, if not quite straight up Caribbean vibes. Stream it below, and don’t spend too much of your day looking at those bathing suit pics.

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Seen, Three: Rihanna on the Cover of Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive Issue

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, via Esquire

OK, Rihanna is not the French Antillean femme fatale I imagined Friday, but her cover of Esquire magazine–and the title of Sexiest Woman Alive, 2011 that comes with it–round out an epic (dare I say, astronomical) week for Caribbean beauty. The badgal trifecta is complete! And with Naomi’s LURVE cover and Nicki’s Cosmo all hitting the newsstand at once like a crew of ouch girls rushing the velvet ropes it is safe to say that in 2011, when you say ‘sex symbol’ ‘Caribbean Queen’ is implied.


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