The Dream, who produced Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake”, chimes in on the controversial collabo:
“For me, it’s just music — two talented people doing a record together, doing two records together, and that’s what it was,” The-Dream tells Billboard.com. “It wasn’t about an incident that happened. The true thing really is to forgive, and… you want to believe in people.”
The Dream is readying his own album, “The Love IV: Diary of a Mad Man” — says that the “Cake” remix was finished barely a week ago, after a 78-second version of the song appeared on Rihanna’s sixth studio album, “Talk That Talk,” in November.
“It was Rih’s idea,” says the producer. “Not only do we work together, but [Rihanna] is a friend of mine. And it’s like, ‘You wanna do something? Then cool, let’s do it.’ I don’t know how she got the logistics and how it happened — maybe she’ll talk about it one day. I showed up at the studio, and it was like, ‘All right, cool, let’s finish this record,’ which we probably should have finished the first time we did it.”
He says that Rihanna’s fans should accept her collaboration with Brown as a positive example of forgiveness.
“I think [the topic] that should be more on the tongues is: how do we proclaim to be a nation of forgiving, and we go by all of these rules and everything, but we can’t actually do it?” he says. “It actually makes you look weaker than your adversary — if you don’t have the power to forgive, but you lie and say that you did.
“Because this is about her,” The-Dream continues, of Rihanna. “If she can forgive, that’s where she is mentally. As a friend, it’s like, ‘Okay, cool. Let’s roll.’” Wait, there’s more…