Now that Rihanna’s flown a bit off the hinges, Jay-Z has a new pet project at Roc Nation: Rita Ora. Her debut U.S. single “How We Do (Party)” is a perfect summer jam and has the same 80s throwback, shaky-groovy sound as Jessie J’s “Domino.” The song samples The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Party and Bullshit” and even borrows the “put your arms around me baby” hook from Sugar Ray’s “Fly.” It’s instant, catchy and she has Hov in her corner. Although he’s had some misfires (anyone remember Teairra Marí? No?), Rita’s working with proven hit makers like Stargate, The-Dream, Chase & Status, and The Runners on her new album. If that list sounds a little familiar, it’s because they’ve all collaborated with Rihanna… Coincidence? I don’t think so. (Also, check out her debut UK single, “R.I.P.” featuring Tinie Tempah, which sounds like it could have fit comfortably on “Rated R.”)


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