Rihanna and Drake's collaboration on the remix of "What's My Name" wasn't one of those studies in industry politics where labels wrangle two stars for the sake of an on-trend hit. Instead, Rihanna personally invited Drake to jump on the track, which is slated to appear as a bonus cut on her upcoming release, Loud.
"She played the record to Drake backstage somewhere to try to get him on a verse," Stargate producer Tor Erik Hermansen, who has worked with the singer on her forthcoming fifth LP, told Billboard magazine. "She's calling me up saying, 'Where are the files?' That's one thing you don't hear often from artists on her level."
The "Only Girl (In the World)" singer explained that she and Drizzy had been attempting to team up for a while and that she wanted Drake's signature swagger for the track.
"Drake is the hottest rapper out right now and we've always been trying to work together," she said. "He's the only person I thought could really understand the melody of the song, and the minute he heard it he said, 'I know exactly what I'm going to do. I love it.' And he did it like three days later."
Both stars have been fairly stingy with details but Rihanna has described the track as "young" and "playful." The now flame-haired songstress has also hinted that she and Drake may take their collaboration to the screen and shoot a video.
As far as the sonic vibe for the rest of Loud, Rihanna has dished that the album will "exude the energy and space I'm in right now. That's what I always try and do with my music. Right now in my life I feel very loud and in charge of my life and I can't wait for everyone to hear the new album. It has such a variety of sounds, but it all makes sense for this album."
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