Rihanna Apologizes For Using Track Sampling Hadith
Rihanna apologized Tuesday for including a track that samples a Hadith in her recent Savage x Fenty show.
Hadiths are records of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and are sacred to Muslims.
The show, which was taped last month at the Los Angeles Convention Center and debuted on Amazon Prime on Oct. 2, included part of London artist Coucou Chloe’s 2016 track “Doom,” which contains a sped-up Hadith about the signs of the day of judgement.
Rihanna was blasted on social media.
In a message she shared via Instagram Story, the singer thanked the Muslim community for pointing out what she called “a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive.”
She wrote: “I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I’m incredibly disheartened by this!
“I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible!”
Rihanna added: “Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding.”
On Monday, Coucou Chloe tweeted a mea culpa of her own for the four-year-old track.
“I want to deeply apologize for the offence caused by the vocal samples used in my song ‘DOOM'. The song was created using samples from Baile Funk tracks I found online. At the time, I was not aware that these samples used text from an Islamic Hadith,” she wrote.
“I take full responsibility for the fact I did not research these words properly and want to thank those of you who have taken the time to explain this to me. We have been in the process of having the song urgently removed from all streaming platforms.”
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