Yes I could see Rihanna singing this, but Nelly is not trying to copy Rih - she has always had that raw kind of tone to her voice. And Nelly was around wayyy before Rihanna tbh.
JESSIE J. NO-ONE ELSE
I just don't get why people want to make sense of the world. At the end of the day, we are all living on some random rock in the middle of a big black darkness which we know nothing about. It is pretty much a lost cause. Don't agonise over it...just enjoy life!
Some of you people act like you don't know who Nelly Furtado is, how old are you? That's HER signature tone/way of singing certain songs,
You can't deny that this song has a lot of Rihanna vibe. This is probably the only track from Nelly where her vocals are so different. But I agree that her tone/accent in Big hoops is also similar to say Maneater.