Rihanna’s ‘Work’ Grows Deeper Jamaica Roots With Weed-Themed Cover by Keznamdi

Fader has premiered a fantastic cover of Rihanna’s inescapable hit “Work” by Keznamdi, the Jamaican dancehall artist who previously made waves with his “Classic Man” cover.

Titled “Herbs,” the track and accompanying video finds Keznamdi putting “a little more roots” into Ri’s dancehall smash. “To see dancehall and Jamaican culture on that level, sung by Rihanna and Drake—I really loved it,” he told Fader last week on the phone from home, explaining that the track’s affection focus is for cannabis, rather than sexual energy. 

The video scene is a simple room with a purple glow, not unlike Ri and Drake’s clip for the original. Only this time the setting is punctuated by a whole lotta homegrown and an appearance from reggae star Keida.

“I wanted to put a little more roots in there, so you see a lot more Jamaican culture,” he said, noting that the song is a little political too. “Marijuana advocacy is very special to me so whatever way I can get the message to people I try to and I believe this also served as a good opportunity.”