Alicia Keys knows a thing or two about the music industry, and in a recent interview with the London Evening Standard the “Girl On Fire” said she’s scared that Rihanna may fall victim to exploitation within the music industry.
“It’s such a tricky, crazy business, and when people are a little bit younger than me, I’m always hoping that their soul is good ’cause it can be such a soulless space,” she said.
Next, the 32-year-old songstress questioned who is looking out for Rihanna’s best interest at heart.
“Who’s really loving you and making sure that you’re ok? Because everybody wants to make sure you’re ok when they can get something from you, and they’re getting a percentage from you. But they don’t technically care if you’re ok,” she said of the pop star who has released seven albums in eight years. “They just wanna make sure you can stand so you can go to work. So naturally I am always thinking about people and hoping that in this very soulless place they can find completion.”
She added, “I don’t know her personally like that. But I do know there’s a lot of good people at Roc Nation and I do think that as we all get older, you start to be able to say, ‘No, I’m not gonna take that from you any more.’”
Despite her concerns, Keys went on to say that she’s very proud of RiRi’s success and longevity.
“I’m proud of Rihanna,” she said, “because it’s not easy to stand up in this crazy world and make it and keep going and try new things. And find your way through it.”
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