Bad Gal Business: A History of Island-Flavored Bashment Bangers From Rihanna

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November 29, 2011

3. “Pon De Replay” (2005)

The song that introduced Rihanna to the world set the tone for her career with its mixture of dance pop and dancehall. Fortunately, it leaned more in the latter direction, from the title to the Lil X-directed video, with its Kardinal Offishall and Cipha Sounds cameo and dancehall choreography. Should DJs want to get the club warmer, there’s always the official Elephant Man remix.