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Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kelis Songwriter Makeba Riddick Explains Her Greatest Hits

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You may not know this, but if you like R&B and popmusic, Makeba Riddick is likely one of your favorite songwriters.


Her co-writing credits include Rihanna's "Rude Boy," more thanhalf of Beyonce's B'Day album,including the first single "Déjà vu," Kelis' "Acapella," and T.I. and Rihanna's"Live You Life."

The Baltimorenative is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music and signed toDiddy's publishing company and managed by Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

Aspiring songwriters should definitely take notes whilewatching this four-part video interview.

Part I: "Rude Boy"Wanted
Songwriter Makeba Riddick, who has been a songwriter andvocal producer for Rihanna since the Barbados singer's debut album, talks aboutworking on the singer's latest CD, RatedR. She explains why she thinks "Rude Boy" was the breakthrough single fromthe album, and shares her first impression of meeting the "Umbrella" singerwhen she was 16.



Part II: RodneyJerkins Stan Gets Lucky
Makeba co-wrote Kelis' #1 dance hit "Acapella." She recallsmeeting the eclectic artist and working with David Guetta on the song. Afterthe experience, Guetta, who produced the Black Eyed Peas' "I Got A Feeling,"asked her to sing a song on his Grammy award winning album, One Love. She also admits to sneakingproducer Rodney Jerkins' phone number from her former boss' rolodex, callinghim, and ultimately ended up working with him on Beyoncé's B'Day album.


Part III: Makeba's B'Day Present From Beyoncé
Makeba said Beyoncé's B'Dayalbum was recorded quickly. "I've never seen an album completed that fastand never worked with an artist with the type of worth ethic she has," shesaid. Makeba also talks about working with Rihanna for her feature on T.I.'s"Live Your Life." She credits attending Berklee College Of Music with preparingher for her career in entertainment, and offers advice to aspiring songwriters."You have to be passionate and willing to give up everything for it," she said.



Part IV: Queen Of TheHill
Long before Makeba knew she would pursue a career inentertainment, she worked at the Fudgeryin Baltimore.She was 15 and made fudge alongside Dru Hill members Sisqo, Nokio, Woody andJazz. Then, the quartet was called Legacy. Ironically, the group is making acomeback and releasing a new album this summer. She also explains herconnections to Diddy and Jay-Z.



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