Rihanna is officially the queen of trolling. As her fans furiously wait for her new album, the singer keeps on taunting them with all sorts of social media antics and more. Since fans have been calling her out for focusing on her different business endeavors instead of making new music, the “Work” pop star is having a little fun of her own.
There was the time when she wore a shirt that said “No more Music,” facetiously suggesting that’s she’s given up on her music career. And just recently, she posted a video on Instagram of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Karlie Redd saying, “Guys, it was all a lie,” while holding lie-detector results. Here, she’s trolling her fans of what they’re already thinking whenever she says that her music will drop anytime this year. However, it was a comment on this particular post that caught people’s attention.
“They ain’t ready” shared singer and producer Pharrell Williams on the post. He then followed it up with a globe emoji a few moments later. These two comments prompted many to speculate that Williams possibly had (or has) a hand in producing Riri’s upcoming album. They already worked together for “Lemon,” N.E.R.D‘s 2017 single featuring the Barbadian singer. That track peaked at number 36 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart at the time, giving many fans hope that this collaboration just might work. And since Rihanna’s album will also feature a Reggae-dominated tracklist, a genre Williams has worked on in the past, the collaboration is looking more promising than ever. However, not everyone is happy with this highly-speculated news. Some of Riri’s younger fans were quick to point out that Pharell did a rather underwhelming job in producing Ariana Grande‘s “Sweetener” album. And now, they’re worried that the same might be said of his purported work with Rihanna. “we don’t want Sweetener 2.0” tweeted Kristine (@__kristine_h). Twitter use Roberto (@cxncentratedemi) also posted “oh no, rihanna’s sweetener era is coming,”. And ‘a’ (@ayrdna) tweeted, “man if Pharrell is working w/ Rihanna as her producer on her new album …” with a GIF of a facepalming Ryan Reynolds.
we don't want Sweetener 2.0
— Kristine (@__kristine_h) July 12, 2019
oh no, rihanna’s sweetener era is coming
— 𝓇𝑜𝒷𝑒𝓇𝓉𝑜 🖤 (@cxncentratedemi) July 12, 2019
man if Pharrell is working w/ Rihanna as her producer on her new album … pic.twitter.com/7DbzS8yeYn
— a (@ayrdna) July 12, 2019
Despite such criticisms, some fans still defended both Pharrell and Rihanna’s possible choice to work with him. Twitter user Bri. (@bri38965916) tweeted, “stans complaining like he didn’t produce apeshit, hollaback girl, hot in here, rock your body, havana, i’m a slave 4 u, milkshake, drop it like it’s hot etc. if you didn’t like his production on sweetener, he’s not the problem”. While Genesis (@shotofgenesis) pointed out, “Why would Rihanna’s Sweetener era be coming when it’s a reggae album and Rihanna and Pharrell already have a sound together, i.e. Lemon. No one the color of cream cheese is allowed to speak on it?”. can
stans complaining like he didn’t produce apeshit, hollaback girl, hot in here, rock your body, havana, i’m a slave 4 u, milkshake, drop it like it’s hot etc. if you didn’t like his production on sweetener, he’s not the problem
— Bri. (@bri38965916) July 12, 2019
Why would Rihanna’s Sweetener era be coming when it’s a reggae album and Rihanna and Pharrell already have a sound together, i.e. Lemon. No one the color of cream cheese is allowed to speak on it
— genesis (@shotofgenesis) July 13, 2019
Pharrell’s comment definitely sparked an online debate among Riri’s fans. Yet there isn’t even any confirmation that Pharrell did work with the “Umbrella” singer to make the record. All are speculation as of now. But there is one thing all of Rihanna’s fans can agree on. It’s that she’s has taken too long a time to release new music. And if anything, her trolling is one of her best marketing techniques to date. It’s got everybody talking and she hasn’t even released a single track nor revealed a release date.
What do you think? Are you excited for Riri’s possible collab with Pharrell? Do you think she’s been taking too long to release new music? Do you even still have faith that she’s going to drop anything at all this year? Let us know in the comments section below! Image Credits:
- Pharrell and Rihanna Featured Image – Spin.com
- Producer Pharell – Racked.com
- Rihanna at Fenty – Vogue.com