Rihanna Can Ruin You With a Single Sentence, According to Diplo
"This sounds like a reggae song at an airport."
Rihanna could destroy you with a look if she wanted to. And now, Diplo has confirmed what most of us already suspected—that she can do far more significant damage with a single sentence. In a new interview with GQ Style, the superproducer reveals his failed efforts to get her on a Major Lazer song. He refers to Rihanna as "the one artist that we can't ever get," and mentions a particularly devastating own from one of their studio sessions:
I think before we're all done, she'll be on a song of ours. Hopefully. But if not, I don't really care. I played her “Lean On.” She was like, I don't do house music. I face-palmed so hard on that one. Another time 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. 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. [laughs] I was like, I'm gonna go kill myself.
Apropos of nothing, here's what sounds like Diplo attempting to rationalize a Rihanna rejection during a 2015 interview with the Evening Standard:
“I was in the studio with Rihanna two weeks ago, still playing the game. I was trying to convince her why she should do so-and-so, and thinking, ‘Lean On' is bigger than any of her songs around the world right now. Why am I even sitting here trying to negotiate?’”
It remains to be seen if this occurred post-"reggae song at an airport."