Chris Brown on Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” Remix
As a self-proclaimed member of the “Rihanna Navy”, I am definitely not comfortable with this decision. Billboard has reported that Rihanna’s ex - Chris Brown - will feature on her forthcoming “Birthday Cake” remix. After weeks of toying with her fans over choosing a male collaborator to feature on the remix, there was lots of buzz over the chosen artist being Brown, and the speculation has now been more or less confirmed. I respect that they have both moved on and she’s probably seeing this as an opportunity to let everyone know there’s no bad feelings considering all of the hate he still receives over the 2009 beating.
But to be honest, I see it more dangerous than anything because - recalling what Rihanna said in her 20/20 interview in November 2009 about their former relationship - the pair were best friends before being in a relationship. So even if Brown is now in a relationship and they are going to be totally platonic and have a simple friendship, I know she could easily fall for him again if the situation came about.
Although, not considering her feelings or his, I honestly cannot believe that her team are letting this collaboration happen. I just cannot get my head around it - just 3 years after Chris beat Rihanna to a pulp she is featuring him on her remix. And not just any song, she’s chosen the sexiest song she’s ever recorded for him to rap on. This is a decision that Rihanna herself would have been disgusted at even two years ago, when she was determined to be seen as a positive role model for all women and men who go through or have experienced domestic abuse in their lives.
Even at the 2011 Video Music Awards, merely 6 months ago, her mentor Jay-Z refused to stand up for Brown after his performance at the ceremony. Millions of people, especially young women, have looked up to her in recent years and related to her former situation, seeing Rihanna as a role model. And now they’re watching her go back to him for what is coming across as a poor attempt at some shocking controversy.
And I’m also shocked at Chris Brown since for the past 3 years he has struggled to fight off the incident which occurred in February 2009 and has had a hard time making a comeback. Although, in the past year, he has finally been getting somewhere again with his last album “F.A.M.E” - which just won him a Grammy award on Sunday - and now he’s going to have to go through it all again with the backlash of the pair’s remix.
I just think this is the poorest decision Rihanna has made, because it goes further than her music - this is going to affect what she has represented for the past few years and it will surely affect her beloved fans. The worst of it is that no answer will justify this decision as being an intelligent one.