Over two years ago, Shaggy went viral after an outlet reported he said he rejected Rihanna’s offer after he was asked to audition.
“They approached me for the Rihanna project, yeah. 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,” he reportedly said at the time. “But from what I hear, it should be good.”
In a recent chat with VladTV, he was asked about the controversy.
“That wasn’t the case. That was a big propaganda. Her management Omar and them kindly reached out to me to see if I would consider doing some songs,” said Shaggy. “And they wanted me to kinda like, write a bunch of songs and send in. I said, ‘For us to get the best, it would be best if we could be in the studio together and vibe.'”
However, Shaggy said he was told that Rihanna’s schedule couldn’t fit that in, so in the end, he opted not to participate. However, a report from 2020 added that an alleged rep for Rih stated that Shaggy requested to be on the record, but was told it was already finished. According to the rep, it was suggested that Shaggy submit material just in case, but he decided not to.