Manager Accuses Rihanna Of Jacking Artist’s Signature Doobie Wrap
Rihanna stirred up quite a bit of controversy when showed up to last night’s America Music Awards show rocking a doobie wrap—bejeweled bobby pins and all. Folks took to social networking sites like Twitter in droves to poke fun at and critique the Bajan singer for the peculiar hairstyle choice.
RiRi’s doobie wrap has certainly been the talk of the town, but now one frustrated manager is coming forward, claiming to NecoleBitchie that RiRi actually jacked this look from her artist’s style book.
“I am writing to express my extreme frustration and anger over the blatant theft of a image that my former artist and I cultivated. A few years ago I worked with an up and coming female rapper named Patwa. She’s a Bronx born 2nd generation Jamerican who fused hip hop, reggae and culture into her music. During 2010 we began generating a buzz in the underground hip hop community. This lead to a couple of meeting with some big wigs at def jam, Geffen, Atlantic and yes Roc nation who manages Rihanna. While meeting with A&Rs with these labels we were continuously told that the imagery we were trying to brand was not “lady like” was ‘too street,’ ‘too hood’ and ‘too ghetto’ we were told that ‘white America would never get behind such ignorance,’ the manager wrote.
The manager went on to describe the significance behind her artist’s decision to rock a doobie and how Roc Nation execs. weren’t feeling it.
“Ratchetness had yet to become an accepted house hold term. The image we were trying to run with was what Patwa knew from the streets which was the doobie wrap. She wore it proudly with jeweled pins to signify she was a Queen and this was her ghetto crown. Something that many females coming from where she came from could relate to. You know when you get that hair wrapped you feel like the Bomb You just got your hair did no one could tell you nothing. After putting a couple of videos up we met with a certain head honcho in roc nation who will remain nameless. We were offered what amounts to a development deal if we softened image and sound.”
“Sticking to our guns we declined because we really believed in the look and knew with a proper push it would catch. So we left that office with our respect. Unfortunately offers started to dry up. Maybe we were too hard and middle America would never understand the doobie wrap. Eventually Patwa and I stopped working together and she returned to school and I to a less then glamorous 9 to 5. I’ve never told her but i always wondered what if we had softened up and changed that hair.”
The unnamed woman also insists that RiRi actually came face-to-face with Patwa prior to jacking her bedazzled doobie.
“Fast forward to 11/24/13 and who do I see grace my flat screen while sitting in my modest one bedroom apartment wearing a doobie wrap with jeweled pins at the AMA’s. Roc nations own Ri Ri. I honestly felt violated. You see during 2011 Patwa and I crossed paths with Rihanna at a Roc Nation event. Rihanna who on that evening was wearing a hairstyle that she “borrowed” from Cassie, complimented the jeweled pin wrap said it looked nice and even inquired as to who did it? We of course were flattered out of our socks and felt almost validated. Two years later it appears middle America is ready and Rihanna really liked what she saw. By no means did we invent the doobie wrap or name. However prior to the AMA’s no one had attempted to wear the doobie as a hairstyle in public. No one!!!!!!”
She concluded by expressing in disgust with Rihanna’s swagger-jacking antics.
“I just find it very insulting that something we brought to those people was too ‘ghetto.’ But now Rihanna can accept awards while proudly displaying it. I am really hurt by this and wanted to scream. But I wrote to you guys. Wanted to let someone else know that she stole that look from Patwa.”
Who knew that a doobie and a few bobby pins could stir up such controversy?
Check out one of Patwa’s videos below. Would you say RiRi is guilty of stealing the bedazzled doobie wrap look?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.