She grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Bridgetown and sold clothes with her father in a stall on the street.
Rihanna's childhood was deeply affected by her father's addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, which contributed to her parents' strained marriage.
She recorded the demo over the next year intermittently, due to only being able to record during school holidays.
"Pon de Replay" and "The Last Time" were two tracks recorded for the demo tape, which were eventually included on her debut album Music of the Sun.
Around that time, Rihanna had already begun work on her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad.