5 Songs You Didn’t Know Rihanna Wrote for Other Artists

Rihanna has had a hand in writing a majority of her catalog, including hits, “Rude Boy,” “Work,” her 2009 collab with Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Run This Town,” and dozens of other songs, including her most recent  “Lift Me Up.”


Picking up her ninth Grammy award for her 2017 collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on his song “Loyalty,” Rihanna has earned 14 No. 1s, and her 2011 single “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris, recently achieved .

She’s collaborated with Britney Spears, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, , and Kanye West, among other artists, and has curated her own business empire.

Fenty fashion and beauty empire has made Rihanna the  with a net worth of $1.4 billion.

“The thing that keeps me alive and passionate is being creative,”  in 2019. “With every business outlet, I’m making something from a vision to a reality, and that’s the thing I really enjoy. Music had led me to these other outlets, and to things that I genuinely love.”

In addition to her own thick catalog of songs, Rihanna has also penned a few others for and with other artists—and even appeared on the tracks.

Here’s a look at five songs Rihanna wrote for other artists.

1. “The Monster,” Eminem, featuring Rihanna (2013)

On ‘s eighth album, , Rihanna, , 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,”  and his lyrics. He’s a true poet.”

2. “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” Shakira, featuring Rihanna (2014)

Released as the lead single off ‘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.

3. “Too Good,” Drake, featuring Rihanna (2016)

Off ‘s fourth album, , “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.

4. “Selfish,” Future, featuring Rihanna (2017)

On ‘s sixth album, , 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, .

5. “Loyalty,” Kendrick Lamar, featuring Rihanna (2017)

True allegiance is something 

 takes seriously. He lays it all out in “Loyalty,” off his fourth album, . 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,”  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.”

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