At 34, Rihanna has built a music and business empire. The pop icon just earned her ninth Grammy for “Loyalty” with Kendrick Lamar. Her 2017 hit “We Found Love” achieved diamond status. Known for frequently collaborating, Rihanna has worked with artists like Eminem, Coldplay and ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.
Rihanna founded beauty brand Fenty and fashion house Fenty in 2019. Already the world's wealthiest female musician, her ventures made Rihanna the youngest self-made billionaire at $1.4 billion. "The thing that keeps me alive and passionate is being creative," Rihanna said.
Penning most of her own music, Rihanna holds 14 No.1 hits and success in genres from reggae to EDM. "Music led me to these outlets, and to things that I genuinely love," she said. Rihanna is involved in all aspects of her brands, from product development to marketing.
Despite fame, Rihanna stays close with childhood friends in Barbados. She founded the Clara Lionel Foundation to improve education and healthcare in impoverished communities globally.
At the pinnacle of music stardom, Rihanna became a style icon and shrewd businesswoman. But her Caribbean roots keep her humble. "I never thought I'd make this much impact," Rihanna said. Her ambition and vision show that with hard work, anything is possible. After 15 years of pop dominance, Rihanna's passion and creativity remain boundless. Her reign appears far from over.
Here's a look at five songs Rihanna wrote for other artists.
1. "The Monster," Eminem, featuring Rihanna (2013)Written by Rihanna, Eminem, Maki Athanasiou, Jon Bellion, Frequency, Aalias, Bebe Rexha
On Eminem's eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Rihanna, Bebe Rexha, and several others co-wrote "The Monster," about all the forced contortions, and distortions, surrounding fame. The track marked the fourth collaboration between Rihanna and Eminem, following "Love the Way You Lie" (2010), "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" (2010), and "Numb" in 2012.
"I just love working with Eminem," said Rihanna in 2013. "He's just one of my favorite rappers and his lyrics. He's a true poet."
I wanted the fame but not the cover of NewsweekOh well, guess beggars can't be chooseyWanted to receive attention for my musicWanted to be left alone in public, excuse meFor wantin' my cake, and eat it too, and wantin' it both waysFame made me a balloon 'cause my ego inflatedWhen I blew, see, but it was confusing'Cause all I wanted to do's be the Bruce Lee of loose leafAbused ink, used it as a tool when I blew steamHit the lottery, ooh-wee
2. "Can't Remember to Forget You," Shakira, featuring Rihanna (2014)Written by Rihanna, Shakira, John Hill, Kid Harpoon, Daniel Alexander, Erik Hassle
Released as the lead single off Shakira's self-titled album, her eighth overall, the more uptempo "Can't Remember to Forget You" features Rihanna, who also co-wrote the song. Shakira also released a Spanish version of the song, "Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte," in 2014.
And I left a note on my bedpostSaying not to repeat yesterday's mistakesWhat I tend to do when it comes to youI see only the good, selective memoryThe way you make me feel, yeahYou got a hold on me, I never met someone so different
3. "Too Good," Drake, featuring Rihanna (2016)Written by Rihanna, Drake, Nineteen85, Supa Dups, Terence Lam, Maneesh Bidaye, Dre Skull, Popcaan, Anthony Martin
Off Drake's fourth album, Views, "Too Good" peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The dancehall track follows a guy who thinks he's "too good" for his woman. "Too Good" also marked the fourth collaboration between Rihanna and Drake after "What's My Name?" (2010), "Take Care" (2011), and "Work" in 2016.
I don't know how to talk to youI don't know how to ask you if you're okayMy friends always feel the need to tell me thingsSeems like they're just happier than us these daysYeah, these days I don't know how to talk to youI don't know how to be there when you need meIt feels like the only time you see meIs when you turn your head to the side and look at me differently
4. "Selfish," Future, featuring Rihanna (2017)Written by Rihanna, Future, Noel Fisher (Detail), Omar Walker
On Future's sixth album, Hndrxx, Rihanna co-wrote and appears on the R&B and pop single "Selfish." Prior to this collaboration, Future also appeared on the track "Loveeeeeee Song" (the"Love Song"), off Rihanna's 2012 album, Unapologetic.
I just hit the lick, south of FranceCurrency exchange, lookin' fancyIf that money dirty, make it dance25 karats cost a mansionGold rose petals, bottle standin'Came from the concrete, takin' chancesPop gold Ace like a XannyI just need the blessin' from your familyBroken lies, ain't no love without usIt will die, roses turn into dustEvery night, we gettin' more popularWrong is right, when it comes to us
5. "Loyalty," Kendrick Lamar, featuring Rihanna (2017)Written by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Brody Brown, DJ Dahi, Sounwave, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, Terrace Martin
True allegiance is something Kendrick Lamar takes seriously. He lays it all out in "Loyalty," off his fourth album, Damn. The track explores the importance of loyalty across relationships with friends, family, and lovers. "Loyalty" earned Lamar and Rihanna a Grammy for Best Rap/Song Performance.
"I love everything about her," said Lamar of Rihanna. "Her artistry, how she represents women to not only be themselves but to express themselves the way she expresses herself through music, and how she carries herself."
Kung Fu Kenny nowMy resume is real enough for two millenniumsA better way to make a wave, stop defendin' themI meditate and moderate all of my wins againI'm hangin' on the fence againI'm always on your mindI put my lyric and my lifeline on the lineAnd ain't no limit when I might shine, might grindYou rollin' with it at the right time, right now
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