Meet the girl who's leading Roc Nation's British invasion.
Rita Ora is on top of the world right now, but it’s been a long time coming. The 21-year-old Roc Nation artist has put in nearly three years working on her debut album, which is due out later this year.
Some may remember the sexy UK-based singer from her collabos with Craig David on “Awkward” and “Where’s Your Love,” others may be more familiar with her acoustic covers of Outkast’s “Hey Ya” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” But now she's bringing original songs to the table. With tracks produced by The-Dream and her latest, ‘R.I.P.,’ written by Drake, Rita’s taking her career to a whole new level.
The video for her latest single “How We Do” dropped on Tuesday, nearly a month after she and Jay-Z walked into New York's Z-100 FM and the powerhouse pop station added the song on the spot. She'll be playing a showcase at SOB's this Wednesday—a sure sign of big things ahead.
Complex caught up with Rita at the Shoreham Hotel bar the day after she performed at the Cartier Juste un Clou party—where she sang a rendition of “Say My Name” with Beyoncé and Jigga watching in the audience. Freshly tattooed and sipping a watermelon martini, Rita told us about growing up in West London, what she thinks of all the Rihanna comparisons, and explained that “drunk sex feeling" she sings about on "how we do." So read on to learn all about Rita. This girl's going places.
As told to Lauren Nostro (@LAURENcynthia)