As one pop's biggest superstars, Rihanna is always a hot commodity when it comes to collaborators. She's most recently been recruited by the likes N.E.R.D (“Lemon”), Kendrick Lamar (“Loyalty”) and DJ Khaled (“Wild Thoughts”), but she's also teamed up with JAY-Z, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West — the list goes on.
While Rihanna is obviously a popular choice for singing on a track, apparently she's also a great name for songwriters as well. RiRi has been mentioned in several songs almost since she got her start in 2005, dating back to Sean Kingston's “Dry Your Eyes” in 2007 (which references her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit from that year, “Umbrella”).
Not even five full months into 2018, we already have three more cases Rihanna shout-outs in lyrics, with Royce Da 5'9″ most recently adding to the list with the song “God Speed” from his new album Book Ryan that just dropped on Friday. With all this Rihanna talk, Billboard was inspired to do some digging and found 21 the best RiRi references — and yes, there are more where these came from.
Check out a timeline the best Rihanna-shouting lyrics from Cardi B, Fifth Harmony, Drake and more below.