In a new interview with GQ Style, Diplo was asked how one goes about getting a track to Rihanna. "I just want her on a Major Lazer song," Diplo said. "She's like the one artist that we can't ever get." After writer Will Welch remarked that the two seemed well-suited for a collaboration, Diplo detailed a pair of unsuccessful collaboration attempts, one of which involved Major Lazer's 2015 hit "Lean On."
This was Rihanna's response to hearing the track:
She was like, I don't do house music.
Diplo tried again by playing Rihanna another track during a session with Future, Metro Boomin, and the Weekend. "I was so contact high," Diplo recalled. "Future played her, like, 700 songs. It was four in the morning. Finally, I was like, Yo, G, I'm leaving unless you let me play her a song. So I played her a song. And she was like, This sounds like a reggae song at an airport. [laughs] I was like, I'm gonna go kill myself."
Diplo said he thinks Rihanna will end up on a song at some point. "But if not, I don't really care," he added.
In an interview with Time shortly after "Lean On" started taking over the charts, Diplo revealed that he had actually shopped the track to both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Their ultimate rejections, he said, were a blessing in disguise.
"[MØ] sounds better than anybody was going to sound on that record," he said. "All we want to do is make the records feel like classics, even though they're feeling progressive and strange to a normal ear."
While Diplo has had better success collaborating with Travis Scott, it sounds like their time together isn't as productive as you'd think. "In America, I can't get Travis Scott to answer my text messages. I gotta go pour water on his face to wake him up and get him to voice a song." Welp.
Check out the full interview with GQ Style here.