Shaggy Says He Passed on Working with Rihanna Because He Had to 'Audition to Be on the Record'

Is Shaggy the reason we don’t have Rihanna’s long-overdue 9th album yet?

According to the 51-year-old reggae legend, he passed on a chance to be on the Album after he says he was asked to audition for the placement.

via People:

“They approached me for the Rihanna project, yeah,” he told British newspaper the Daily Star. “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. But from what I hear, it should be good.”

While he may not be working with Rihanna, the musician said he welcomed artists taking inspiration from the dancehall genre.

“It’s healthy competition. Dancehall is in good place, but we need as many people to do this art form as possible,” he told the outlet. “When it crosses over and becomes popular with artists from other genres and other cultures, that can only be good.”

First of all — who passes on Rihanna? We wonder who she got to take his spot.

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