Shaggy ruffled a few feathers when he claimed Rihanna asked him to audition in order to be apart of her highly-anticipated, mystery, R9 album. “They approached me for the Rihanna project, yeah,” Shaggy reportedly said. “There’s a lot of great people involved but for me, I didn’t need to audition to be on the record, I’ll leave that to younger guys.”
Jamaica Irie FM Morning Show reports that they spoke to a representative from Riri’s camp and they shut down claims of the Bajan singer asking the reggae veteran to audition. “We are working on an album, not a talent show, so why would [Rihanna] require Shaggy or any other artist to audition?” the rep reportedly said, according to TheJasmineBRAND.
The rep also added that Shaggy was the one who reached out to the Bad Gal. “After Rihanna had already gathered all the material for the album, Shaggy contacted her asking to be a part of the album,” they stated. “She explained to him that the album was pretty much completed and they were just working on mixing, mastering and deciding which songs to actually use. However, she invited him to submit some materials so she could see if it fits with the flow of the album. That was by no means asking for an audition, it was more going out of her way to get him on the album.”
Shaggy has yet to comment on Rihanna’s rep’s statement, but hopefully, he clarifies it soon.