Reggae singer Richie Stephens always finds a way to reinvent himself. He has been in the business for years and today still manages to keep relevant.
He has done it time and time again with the latest being the Ska Teck dance and ensemble.
This time lady luck has decided to shine on him in the form of Bajan pop princess Rihanna who has sampled his Sail Away riddim which was released in 1998 … think the hit song from the riddim Take Me Away.
The single is featured on Rihanna’s latest album ANTI. Work, which features Canadian rapper Drake, was co-produced by Jamaicans Matthew ‘Boi-1da’ Samuels, Sevn Thomas and Jahron ‘Partynextdoor’ Brathwaite, all based in Canada. Stephens (real name Richard Stephenson) is credited as co-writer.
Stephens in an interview with the Jamaica Observer said he was overjoyed when contacted by Rihanna’s representatives to get clearance for the sample.
“They contacted me last week Tuesday and asked if I was the producer and owner of the master and I told them yes. They said they would appreciate if I could move fast in assisting with the clearing of the sample because they wanted to release the song. So I put them on to my publisher,” Stephens explained.