The first song that came about was ‘Birthday Cake.’ I mean we ended up recording them at the same time and executing them together, but I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really–it made sense to do the record. Just as a musician despite everything else that was going to be the person. You know I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track, and then in turn he was like ‘Why don’t you do the remix to my track [Turn Up The Music]?’ and it was a trade off. We did two records. One for my fans. One for his fans, and that way our fans can come together. There shouldn’t be a divide. You know? It’s music, and it’s innocent.”
As we all know, Rihanna and Chris were involved in a physical altercation back in 2009, with Rihanna suffering at Chris’ hands. So why would Rihanna reach out to Chris? Because at the end of the day, it’s about MUSIC. Rih even called Chris “the hottest R&B artist out right now.” At the end of the day, you have these two superstars, that are both very talented and have millions of fans. It makes sense that they would eventually come together again. In fact, I was happy when they did. And it just shows that Rihanna is over the entire situation. If she’s over it, I say the world should get over it. Never will I ever condone Chris’ behavior, but it was three years ago. That was a good amount of time for Chris to process his behavior and for Rihanna to work on forgiving him. I personally look forward to the day that they perform together again!
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