Robyn Rihanna Fenty was Born as in 1988 in Barbados, Rihanna was like any other teenage girls of her age who attended high school and loved to sing for fun together with some friends. It all began to change drastically after she was introduced to Evan Rogers, a New York City music producer who is also the owner of Syndicated Rhythm Productions. Rogers and his Barbadian wife named Jackie happened to be in Barbados to spend their 2003 Christmas vacation near St. Michael, Rihanna’s hometown. Impressed with her amazing voice, Rogers offered Rihanna to record some tracks in New York by spring.
Together with Rogers and his partner, Carl Sturken, Rihanna composed almost a dozen songs, taking inspiration from dancehall and ragamuffin which are the musical culture of her origin and blended them with R&B tunes. “My music is mostly Caribbean beats mixed with R&B,” she described eagerly. “I don’t want to be pigeon holed into being just a dance artist because I can sing too. I have ballads on the album as well as upbeat tracks.”
Looking for a label, Rihanna landed her feet at Def Jam Recordings in which Shawn Carter or popularly known as Jay-Z has become the president as well as its CEO. Upon witnessing her performance, the acclaimed rapper quickly offered her a recording contract on the spot. She afterwards set out to collect materials for her debut album, co-writing most of its tracks. “Pon De Replay” eventually was released on May 25, 2005. The single turned out to be a great piece of music as it was labeled one of the summer’s hottest jams in U.S..
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