10 Times Musicians Said Rihanna's Name In Their Songs – TheThings

Considering that RiRi is ultra-famous, it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise that other artists frequently mention her in their songs.
Musician Rihanna rose to fame in 2005 with her debut single "Pon de Replay" and ever since then she has managed to reinvent herself and her music in order to appeal to fans worldwide. Today, the Barbadian singer is considered one of the most talented and innovative musicians of her generation and she certainly inspires plenty of other artists.
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Considering that RiRi is ultra-famous, it certainly doesn't come as a surprise that other artists frequently mention her in their songs. From female rappers like Doja Cat and Cardi B to famous musicians RiRi has been romantically linked to like Drake and A$AP Rocky — keep on scrolling to find out just which artists have mentioned the famous singer in their songs!
Kicking the list off is rapper Doja Cat who mentioned Rihanna — whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — in the song "Woman" from her third studio album Planet Her released this year. Here are the lyrics:
"I mean I could be the leader, head of all the states / I could smile and jiggle it 'til his pockets empty / I could be the CEO, just look at Robyn Fenty / And I'ma be there for you 'cause you on my team, girl"
Speaking of successful female rappers — next on the list is Cardi B. In 2018 Cardi B released her debut studio album Invasion of Privacy and in the song "She Bad" which she collaborated on with YG, fans can hear Rihanna being mentioned. Besides, Rihanna, model Chrissy Teigen is also mentioned. Here are the lyrics:
"I need Chrissy Teigen / Know a bad bi*ch when I see one (yeah, woo) / Tell Rih-Rih I need a threesome"
Let's move on to the English-Irish boy band the Wanted. The band mentioned Rihanna in their song "Walks Like Rihanna" from their third studio album Word of Mouth released in 2013.
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Here are the lyrics:
"She can't sing / She can't dance / But who cares / She walks like Rihanna"
Of course, this list would not be complete without Canadian rapper Drake. The star mentions RiRi in his song "Buried Alive Interlude" from his second studio album Take Care released in 2011. Here are the lyrics:
"Bright lights and Rihanna as a lady friend / My vice is similar, women love when you're my type"
Another rapper that mentioned the famous Barbadian singer in his lyrics is Eminem. In 2020, Eminem released his eleventh studio album Music to Be Murdered By, and in the song "Zeus" he mentioned the singer. Here are the lyrics:
"But, me, long as I re-promise to be honest / And wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna / For that song that leaked, I'm sorry, Ri / It wasn't meant to cause you grief
Let's move on to English singer Conor Maynard who also mentioned RiRi in a song. In 2012 he released his debut studio album Contrast and in the song "Vegas Girl" he mentioned Rihanna. Besides Rihanna, musicians Keri Hilson, Beyoncé, and Alicia Keys are also mentioned. Here are the lyrics:
"I'll knock you down like you're Keri / Forget your name like Rihanna / You can run the world, Queen B / Be unthinkable, Alicia"
In 2011 rapper French Montana released his mixtape Mister 16: Casino Life and on it he mentions the famous singer in the song "Shot Caller" — which also features Charlie Rock.
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Here are the lyrics:
"Shorty got potential I could be her sponsor / Met her backstage at a summer jam concert / Hair like Rihanna shoe game was awesome"
Let's move on to singer and rapper Childish Gambino who released his debut studio album Camp in 2011. On it, there is a song called "Sunrise" in which he mentions the Barbadian singer. Here are the lyrics:
"She stay down like that new coat that I bought her / And the fly Rihanna girls be drinkin' my coconut water"
Another rapper who — to no one's surprise — made it onto today's list is A$AP Rocky. In 2013 he released his debut studio album Long. Live. ASAP, and Rihanna was mentioned in the song "Fashion Killa" from it. Besides Rihanna, singer Madonna and rock band Nirvana are also mentioned. Here are the lyrics:
"Her attitude Rihanna, she get it from her mama / She jiggy like Madonna, but she trippy like Nirvana"
And finally, wrapping the list up are the girl group Fifth Harmony and singer Meghan Trainor. In 2015 Fifth Harmony released their debut studio album Reflection and they collaborated on the song "Brave, Honest, Beautiful" with Megan Trainor. In it RiRi is mentioned alongside singer Madonna — and here are the lyrics:
"You're fearless and you're beautiful, you're beautiful / So whine like Rihanna / Go and pose like Madonna"
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Jelena Aska is a freelance list writer at Valnet Inc. Over the years she has written for The Travel, The Talko, Baby Gaga, and Moms — as well as BuzzFeed Community. She is a self-proclaimed Beyoncé expert whose country of residence keeps changing because life is too short. Jelena has a bachelors degree in International Law as well as a masters degree in Environment and Resource Management — but pop culture is her quilty pleasure.
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