Rihanna is making no apologies for getting back in the studio with her ex-boo, Chris Brown.
Rihanna explained what she was thinking when she recorded remixes of "Birthday Cake" and "Turn Up The Music" with Chris. Although many still wonder why Rihanna would ever associate with someone who abused her, she told Ryan Seacrest that he was a natural choice artistically speaking. In her view, he can do it all.
"The first song that came about was ‘Birthday Cake.’ I mean, we ended up recording them at the same time and executing them together," she revealed, "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."
Chris wasn’t the only artist she considered for the gig, but he was her top choice because of her high esteem for his musical talent.
"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?’ and it was a trade off."
And at the heart of the musical transaction was the intention to put the Rihanna Navy and Team Breezy back on good terms. The singer doesn’t want anyone to take the collaboration too seriously because it was really done in fun and friendship.
"We did two records," RiRi stated. "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."
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