"He is such a genius," the
Barbados-born beauty said recently. "I've never had vocal training, so when I'm in the studio, he'll tell me how to breathe and stuff.
And I'm like, 'What?'
Like he'll call out these big fancy words: 'OK, I want you to do staccato.' And I'm like, 'OK, I don't know what that is.' "
After working together on A
Girl Like Me (see "Rihanna Shows She's 'Still A Teen'
In 'We Ride' Video"), Rihanna spent the week of the Grammys writing songs for the follow-up with Ne-Yo. "I read through the lyrics, and I'm like, 'What are
you thinking? What is going through your head?'
"Rihanna recalled. "I just have to stop sometimes and be like, 'Ne-Yo, OK, tell me why you wrote this song.'
Because I don't understand how he comes up with certain concepts and he just blows me away sometimes. He's just insane.(Source)