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Album: Unapologetic (2012)

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  • Rihanna sampled Ginuwine's 1996 raunchy R&B hit "Pony" for this song, cutting its blatantly sexual chorus with a dubstep breakdown. Ginuwine told MTV News that the main reason he okayed the borrowing of the track was because it was Rihanna. "You know what? My management told me she wanted to use it, and Rihanna, I'm a fan of hers and I love what she's doing. Anytime someone uses anything that I've done in the past, that's just one of those things where the respect is there and I can appreciate that and it was a great song and still is," he said. "It's one of the most appreciated songs when I do my shows, that's one of the songs that gets the most reaction, and for her doing it, I'm appreciative. I thank her for it and hopefully it does well for her."
  • Ginuwine's lyrics play up his prowess as a lover so Rihanna needed to put a gender-bending spin on its chorus to make it her own. "Well I think it was a universal type song anyway, but you can just flip it just like I know she did it," he said. "If anybody in the business can capture the spirit of 'Pony,' it would have to be Rihanna."
  • This song finds Rihanna reuniting with Chase and Status. The British Dubstep duo previously helmed three tracks on Rihanna's fourth album, Rated R, including the single, "Wait Your Turn" as well as the Talk That Talk bonus track, "Red Lipstick."

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