This summer, the Barbadian belle’s ”Pon De Replay” rode a beat reminiscent of Lou Bega’s ”Mambo No. 5” to the top of the charts. Thanks to support from Jay-Z and Def Jam, Rihanna’s fame will likely last longer than Bega’s, but it shouldn’t. The 17-year-old’s vibrant vocals lift tracks like ”That La La La” and ”Let Me,” but this bland dancehall/R&B debut is filled with chintzy production and maudlin arrangements that block out the Music of the Sun.
Music of the Sun This summer, the Barbadian belle's ''Pon De Replay'' rode a beat reminiscent of Lou Bega's ''Mambo No. 5'' to the top of the charts. Thanks to support...Music of the SunR&B This summer, the Barbadian belle's ''Pon De Replay'' rode a beat reminiscent of Lou Bega's ''Mambo No. 5'' to the top of the charts. Thanks to support...2005-08-26
Genre: R&B; Lead Performer: Rihanna; Producer (group): Def Jam
Posted August 26 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT
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