PARTYNEXTDOOR is one of the few artists out there who is known for not doing much press. However, in celebration of his new album, P3, the crooner chatted with New York Times. In a candid interview, PND bares all as he talked about how he is perceived by the public and his recent accomplishments as a songwriter.
The Canadian singer first opened up about his newfound spot in the limelight and that while his new album may not be his mainstream breakthrough, he understands that fans are watching him grow. “The people are literally watching me find my voice,” he said.
PND also dished on his contribution to Rihanna’s smash single “Work” featuring Drake. He met Rihanna for the first time last year during her writing camp at her Malibu home. “The first feeling I got was, ‘Why am I here?’” he said. “All these guys have made hits already.”
He later reveals “Work” almost didn’t make the cut because Rihanna’s label “didn’t care for Caribbean music at the time.” At one point, he and Drake considered giving the track to Alicia Keys. However, the label ended up keeping the track since Rihanna couldn’t stop singing it around her home.
“She fought for it,” he said. “She said, ‘This is my family’s favorite song.’”
The reference track for “Work” was leaked earlier in the year, which features vocals from PND.
To read the complete New York Times article on PARTYNEXTDOOR, check it out here.