Kanye West thinks he has found the next Rihanna.

The 'Blood On The Leaves' singer is reportedly working in the studio with ''hip'' 17-year-old singer Pia Mia Perez and he is hoping to transform her into a star like the 'Diamonds' hitmaker who has achieved global chart success.

A source told Radar Online: ''Kanye is producing some tracks for her and he's quite involved. He believes she could be the next Rihanna. [He] thinks she's young, fresh and hip - totally his target audience.

''He's been consulting her on a lot of his creative projects, including the Kanye x APC collection.''

Pia - who is best friends with Kylie Jenner - first stepped into the spotlight last year when a video of her singing Drake's 'Hold On We're Going Home' in front of the Canadian rapper and Kanye at a dinner party hosted by Kylie's family, including Kanye's fiancee Kim Kardashian, went viral on the internet.

It's claimed Pia - who signed a deal with Interscope Records in February - is also becoming Kanye's most trusted adviser, which is rumoured to have annoyed Kim.

The source added: ''Kanye's creative team was pretty shocked that he would use a teenager as his confidante.

''And Kim was actually kind of agitated by it, because he doesn't usually want her input on design stuff. She was a little jealous.''