Ne-Yo Played Russian Roulette With Rihanna In His Mind: The MTV News Quote Of The Day

"I'm listening to the track, and all I can see is Rihanna and some random person sitting across from each other at the table with a gun sitting in the middle of the table and playing Russian roulette. And I just started thinking, 'What would go through your mind if you was in that situation?' It just all started coming together, and Rihanna has never been one to be afraid to take a chance, especially with me. She's always game to do something a little different. I played it for her, and she loved it — went in and knocked it out. The rest is history."

-Singer, songwriter and producer Ne-Yo, explaining what was going on in his head while he was constructing Rihanna's new single "Russian Roulette," which premiered yesterday. He co-wrote and co-produced the song, which is the first single from Rihanna's upcoming album Rated R. "She wanted to be dark, but not just dark for the sake of being dark," Ne-Yo told MTV News. "Dark with kind of a meaning, dark with some kind of thing to it." He added that the dark, mature song is the result of their working relationship, which is based on a complete trust of one another. "I trust Rihanna to be Rihanna, and she trusts me to be me," he said. "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."


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