Rihanna may her next album be coming out this year, but the anticipation surrounding the pop culture icon’s long-awaited ninth LP just became more intriguing.

Grammy-winning super-producer, Pharrell Willams, recently hinted he may have worked on the with a cryptic comment that said, “They ain’t ready,” on an Instagram video Rihanna posted. The video was a clip from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta wherein Karlie Redd is holding polygraph results and proclaiming “it was all lie,” with the caption:

Nobody:
Me: Album coming in 2019
Navy in July:

Williams and Rihanna previously worked together on the most recent N.E.R.D. album, collaborating on “Lemon” which only fortified Rihanna’s immense talent as a rapper. If Williams once again joined Rihanna in the studio, this time with her on the lead, greatness is sure to ensue.

Details about Rihanna’s ninth album, which is being commonly referred to as R9, are sparse yet captivating. She has confirmed it will be a reggae project. Various other artists at or nearing Williams’ level like Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, and Koffee are rumoured to be involved as well.

2019 is more than half-way over. Will Rihanna keep her word and deliver the album before the end of the year? We sure hope so.

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