Prominent producer Diplo has tried for years to get Rihanna on a song with Major Lazer, his electronic music trio, but she has repeatedly dismissed him, at times in a brutal and hilarious fashion, he revealed to GQ.
Diplo told the outlet he initially offered the group’s multi-platinum, 2015 single “Lean On” to Rihanna, but she rejected the offer by saying “I don’t do house music.” (Rihanna has, however, had numerous house-pop hits.)
Diplo went on to describe how he again solicited — and comically failed to convince — the Barbadian pop star at a subsequent, star-studded recording session.
“I had a session with her, and Future was also invited. The Weeknd was there. Metro Boomin was there before anybody knew who he was,” Diplo said. “I was so contact high. Future played her, like, 700 songs. It was four in the morning. Finally, I was like, Yo, G, I’m leaving unless you let me play her a song.
“So I played her a song. And she was like, This sounds like a reggae song at an airport,” he continued. “I was like, I’m gonna go kill myself.“
Despite being burned in an epic way, Diplo remains somewhat confident that Rihanna will end up on a Major Lazer song in the future.
“I think before we’re all done, she’ll be on a song of ours. Hopefully, ” he said. “But if not, I don’t really care.”
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