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23 April 2024

Rihanna's ‘Work’ began at Drake's pool party

Rihanna's new single 'Work' came together at a pool party hosted by Drake in 2015. (Bang)

By Bang

Rihanna's latest single 'Work', featuring Drake, came about at one of the 'Hotline Bling' rapper's pool parties last summer and was recorded not long after.

The 'Hotline Bling' rapper held a big bash late last summer where the song's producers, Sevn Thomas, Boi-1da, and Allen Ritter, came up with the beat.

And upon hearing it, Drake wrote a verse and then passed it onto RiRi who loved what he had done and recorded it straight away.

Asked how Drake and Rihanna teamed up, Sevn said: "Drake had a pool party up there and told 1da he could hold down the crib for a little bit, and we were just vibing there. We're all family, so everyone treated it like their own home, and we went to work, man.

"He [Drake] heard it and he understood the vibes, and he put a verse down on it. Party, I believe, was staying at Rihanna's house in Malibu at the time, and he played her the song and I guess she fell in love with it and wanted to cut it right away."

Sven - whose credits also include Kanye West's song 'Real Friends' - didn't know how much of a role he'd have in the song until he was told it was going to be the lead single to create "buzz" for Rihanna's new album 'ANTI'.

He told website Complex.com: "When they shot the video for it, I wasn't sure the role I was going to play in the song, and then they said they were looking at it to be a return single to build buzz for her album. It was just really exciting to see. I remember seeing it and hearing all the rumours, and my brother was like, "Bro, this is about to change your life again."

Rihanna's eighth studio 'ANTI' was released for free via TIDAL on Thursday (28.01.16).