Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ was supposed to be for Rihanna or Nicki Minaj

Major Lazer‘s hit of the summer “Lean On” could not have the bright destiny he got these last months. This dancehall balad reached the number one in the charts in countries like Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark and Switzerland. The song ranked at the 4th place in US Billboard and number two in the UK. But before he released it with Danish singer and French producer DJ Snake, Diplo sent the song to Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

Both artists rejected the song which was first a reggae balad. A rejection that Diplo calls a “blessing in disguise”. “[MØ] sounds better than anybody was going to sound on that record,” Diplo says. “All we want to do is make the records feel like classics, even though they’re feeling progressive and strange to a normal ear.”

Maybe the song would have been more successful with either of those singers on the track. But if you are wondering how does it sound with another voice, peep this mashup with Jidenna below.

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