Jamaica’s iconic reggae act, Shaggy sent major shockwaves round the world of music lovers last week after claiming to Daily Star that he turned down a feature offer for Barbadian bad gal, Rihanna’s forthcoming studio album.
According to Shaggy’s claim: “[Rihanna’s team] approached me for the Rihanna project. There’s a lot of great people involved, but for me, I didn’t need to audition to be on the record, I’ll leave that to younger guys. But from what I hear it should be good.”
However, there appears to have been some miscommunication between the two camps now that an alleged representative from Riri’s team shut down the reggae-fusion icon’s claim.
The individual for Rihanna reportedly spoke with the Jamaica Irie FM morning show where they shared Riri’s side of the story, according to music blog 18 Karat Reggae. “We are working on an album, not a talent show, so why would [Rihanna] require Shaggy or any other artist to audition?” the representative asked.
The representative continued, “after Rihanna had already gathered all the material for the album, Shaggy contacted her asking to be a part of the album. She explained to him that the album was pretty much completed and they were just working on mixing, mastering and deciding which songs to actually use.”
The spokesperson clarified Riri extended Shaggy an open invitation to send over some music, regardless, to see if she could work something out.