Rihanna music has been influenced by reggae and dancehall music in the past with songs like ”Man Down” , therefore it comes as no surprise that the Bajan singer plans to record a reggae album.
In an interview with Vogue Magazine, Rihanna hinted that her ninth album maybe will be “Reggae”
“With her next record—her ninth—Rihanna is moving the needle on her creative output all over again: She plans to make a reggae album.”
The singer also talks about her favorite reggae artist of all time is the legendary Bob Marley.
“I’m gonna sound like a real tourist when I tell you my top Bob songs,” she says, pausing to scroll through a playlist on her iPhone before rattling off many of his most beloved hits: “Three Little Birds,” “No Woman, No Cry,” and “Redemption Song,” a Marley classic she has covered on tour. It may surprise you to learn that of all the tunes in the reggae icon’s catalog, “Buffalo Soldier” is the one that resonates with Rihanna on a deeply personal level. The song’s theme of upheaval and displacement is a familiar refrain for the singer, who was whisked away from Barbados to New York within months of being discovered by record producer Evan Rogers at the tender age of sixteen. Her risk-taking instincts and taste for danger have often earned her comparisons to Madonna, though in fact the similarities between Bob Marley and Rihanna ring truer, even beyond the obvious island connection. Like Marley, Rihanna is possessed of an unstudied yet wholly electrifying sense of cool. Her ability to continually recalibrate the mood of a generation in the way she sounds, looks, and moves through the world has unwittingly positioned her, just as it did him, at the global axis of popular culture.
Full interview: Vogue Magazine