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(A photo of Rihanna’s actual “birthday cake”….The song, “Birthday Cake” won’t be a solo.)
Is the world ready for a Rihanna and Chris Brown reunion? Well, ready or not, it is happening.
Rihanna has recorded a remix to her song “Birthday Cake” featuring Chris Brown, her Grammy-winning ex-boyfriend who was also convicted of assaulting her 3 years ago this month.
Recently, the song’s co-producers, Da Internz, hinted to MTV News, that “the feature on [the remix] is gonna shock the world.” They didn’t exaggerate. Your girl Info confirmed with two independent sources that Rihanna has Chris Brown featured on both the song and the video. He recorded both a singing verse, and a rap verse.
And as for rumors that Chris Brown attended Rihanna’s early birthday celebration after the Grammys this past Sunday….Yes, that is also true. In fact, Chris arrived at the party with Rihanna. And stayed. It was not a drive-by appearance. And the energy between the two did not appear purely platonic. The party was a small intimate one. Family members, friends, and interestingly enough, management. I imagine there were lots of mixed reactions in the room. (And no, everyone didn’t sign a confidentiality agreement)
So…now that we’ve got the facts out…what kind of reaction will follow? I think you best brace yourselves for multiple waves of heated emotion. Crashing into each other from many directions.
But also, be clear….this resolution between volatile exes, between aggressor and victim, between two huge pop stars…has been brewing for a while. But what’s also interesting is that…while time that has evidently healed the wounds from that horrible Lamborghini ride in Los Angeles in 2009 for Rihanna…it’s clear from the reaction to Chris Brown’s 2012 Grammy win, there are still strong feelings from both men and women about CB’s post-conviction post-probation place in pop culture.
And to be frank, Chris doesn’t exactly make it easier with some of his tweets, either.
More on that, and the state of Rihanna x Chris Brown in 2012…
After the jump
Ever since Chris Brown performed (twice, actually) at the Grammys this past Sunday, a renewed sense of outrage has been flowing from the mainstream press. Some it has been fueled by a very disturbing twitter trend, young CB fans referencing his domestic violence conviction as a badge of fandom. These were collected by Buzzfeed (25 Extremely Upsetting Reactions To Chris Brown At The Grammys), and then discussed on sites like The Rumpus (Dear Young Ladies Who Love Chris Brown So Much They Would Let Him Beat Them). These were pieces that were shared up to 47,000 times, and tweeted thousands of times as well.
Then there was country singer Miranda Lambert’s unsolicited reaction to Chris Brown’s appearance on the Grammys and his win (fyi: she references “Gunpowder and Lead,” a song she wrote about domestic abuse):
Now, without condoning Brown’s terrible violence against Rihanna, I think Lambert’s suggest that there should be a Grammy penalty box is a bit unrealistic. If that were the case, how long would the probationary period be for legal offenders? Anything longer than a month would make it difficult for a whole lot of musicians. Not just rappers and R&B singers. And would Chris Brown’s “place” be the court-mandated chain-gang he was on in 2010? Should he volunteer for additional work detail in exchange for Grammy airtime? Or should the Grammy show producers do some garbage pick-up to earn the right to ask CB to dance and cartwheel. The whole thing is a slippery slope. And it’s made that much more slippery, when Chris himself gets to tweeting (and then deleting) things like:
It seems like Chris has earned the right to move professionally past constant apology. But is it unrealistic for him to think that his mistake will ever be not an issue for the general public? He has earned the music awards and accolades he’s gotten. So whose responsibility is it to restrict the amount of spotlight he gets moving forward?
Clearly Rihanna and Chris have been getting closer and working together for a little while now. You don’t record a song, shoot a video, and decide to show up together at a party overnight. And there is the fact that Chris is still publicly dating a stylist named Karrueche Tran, who left L.A. with Chris the day after Rihanna’s birthday. So now we wait for the actual “Birthday Cake” reveal…and all the renewed debate that will follow.
Some debates are good ones. They move us forward even. Will a real “Rihanna Loves Chris Brown 2012″ have the opposite effect? Does that make a difference to either of them?