EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — [artist id=”1940303″]Rihanna[/artist]’s Rated R will come out November 23 and feature new collaborations with the man behind her biggest hit so far. The-Dream, who wrote “Umbrella,” penned a couple of tracks for the new LP.
“Me and Rihanna, she just cut the last of the two records we did. It’s a record called ’Rock Star,’ ” the singer-song writer divulged earlier this week, backstage at the Izod Center in New Jersey. “The first record is a record called ’Hard,’ which features [Young] Jeezy. Both of those records are pretty insane.”
Dream declined to go into much detail about the tracks, but said the Rihanna/ Jeezy collaboration is one for the record books.
” ’Hard,’ I want that song to explain itself,” he said. “Most of the stuff I wrote — still to this day what I write — I try to find out through people — what they’re going through or what they gotta say. Then we put that in.”
Dream also said that nobody has to worry about Jeezy’s verse. The Snowman delivered as always.
“Oh, c’mon, he killed it! You know Young killed it,” Dream smiled. “That’s ATL right there. That’s all we do.”
Last week, Rihanna released the single “Russian Roulette,” which was written by Ne-Yo.
“I trust Rihanna to be Rihanna, and she trusts me to be me,” Ne-Yo recently told MTV News. “That’s the coolest thing about our relationship. I don’t expect anything more from her. I must say this song is a step in somewhat of a different direction for both of us. We kind of both took a chance.”
Sean Garrett has also written for the album, with Polow Da Don lending production.