For what feels like forever to fans, Rihanna has kept her Navy desperately guessing when her next album will finally arrive, and it seems the wait is almost over.
Initially, fans expected her new project’s arrival after Rih told fans it would drop on December 26. Expectations further heightened after she teased fans’ with an update on the status of R9 three days shy of Christmas. To her fan's disappointment, the record did not materialize as anticipated.
Previously, the entertainment mogul confirmed to Vogue that she is going for a dancehall-inspired reggae sound with the record, sharing that she’s possibly considering a dual project.
“We always went into the music this time around saying that we were going to do two different pieces of art,” she explained. “One was gonna be inspired by the music that I grew up listening to, and one was gonna be the evolution of where I’m going next with music.”
On Valentine’s Day, Rih shared a sweet update on social media with her dedicated fanbase on the status of the untitled project, assuring fans that she’s been in the studio working on her long-awaited R9 album.
On Thursday night (Feb. 13), the “Work” songstress uploaded a photo to her Instagram Stories of a soundboard, revealing that she’s linked up with famed hip hop production duo Neptunes, comprised of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.
“Gang. Back in da STU,” she penned in the accompanying caption written under the control panel. If you’ll recall, Rih previously collaborated with the Neptunes on “Lemon,” which was released under the duo’s separate N.E.R.D. ensemble.
It seems A$AP Ferg will also be featured on the album. Moments after Rihanna posted her screenshot, fans discovered that the Harlem rapper had posted a photo of the same soundboard with the Neptunes name showing as well via his Instagram Stories.
R9 is definitely shaping up to be an interesting record. Understandably, the Navy is going wild over the unexpected update.
“Rihanna back in the studio with the Neptunes. Bops incoming!” one fan joyously tweeted.
“Yasss, we finna get that dope a** s**t,” a second celebrated.
Check out the Navy’s reaction to Rihanna’s potential collaboration with the Neptunes below.
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