Released : 2016
As the new millenium has gone on the influence of Caribbean born musical styles has become ever more pervasive, from the mainstreaming of dubstep, Grime’s rapid transformation into a national counterbalance to the waves of US hip-hop and r&b, or more overtly drawn in the success of acts like Stefflon Don, Mabel and J Hus.
Rihanna’s Work took this batch of young pretenders on head first, a dancehall grind as sleek and confident as anyone dared to sound, yet in delivering the perfect kiss-off the Bajan singer it seemed had hardly broken sweat. It felt like a warning too, that there was still only one boss of this manor. On it we were reminded that no matter how the rest of the field tried, this recalibration of what good was gave a lesson to both the competition and an audience now drinking insatiably from a musical well that without a shot being fired had annexed pop itself.