One of the more, um, interesting collaborations happened last month when former lovers Rihanna and Chris Brown reunited on the “Birthday Cake” and “Turn Up The Music” remixes. My personal feelings on them working together after all the shit that went down aside, it’s hard to deny just how goddamn catchy “Birthday Cake” really is as a fully developed song.
And since then, we’ve heard that it was apparently RiRi’s idea to reunite with Brown, though today we’re getting it straight from the source. She said the following on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show:
“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?’ 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.”
You can listen to the interview below. [HHNM]