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“Work.” You hear it while your shopping for back-to-school basics, you hear it in the salon and you hear it while waiting for your burger at that overpriced hipster diner that you love so much. While it’s guaranteed that you probably semi-know the words to Rihanna and Drake’s hit, what you might not already know is that it was written by PartyNextDoor.
Known for being media shy, the OVO Sound-signed rapper-singer sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss his latest LP, writing and life.
One of the more prominent stand-outs from his interview was the information he revealed about the Hot 100 song. As it turns out, PND didn’t write the song as a summer party anthem.
“People think [“Work” is] a party song.” He said to Rolling Stone. “It’s a breakup song. It’s blues. I went from braggadocious to blues.”
Despite a successful 2016 that’s included a number of high-profile features and his latest release PARTYNEXTDOOR 3, PND’s personal life hasn’t been as prosperous. Back in March, his rumoured relationship with R&B singer Kehlani caused an Internet uproar that led to a series of unfortunate events.
In the interview, PND went on to describe the regret he feels for how everything went down.
“I look into people’s eyes, and I know they think I’m a bad guy. There’s a lot of details that people don’t know,” He said.
PND’s response to the success of “Work” explains a lot about the direction of his new LP. Before, the rapper’s songs were sung from the perspective of a guy who thought he was the on top of the world. In many ways, P3 sounds as if it was sung from the perspective of a different man entirely.
“Really pretty people like my music… [and] this album is blues,” he said. “–it may push away the pretty people.”
With the release of P3, PND is pulling the plug on writing hit songs for other people.
“It doesn’t make me happy. I’m looking for joy. It’s a moment for Rihanna and Drake. I want to invest time in creating moments for myself.”
Follow PND’s bluesy new journey by listening to P3, available on Apple Music now.