And Finally

Jay-Z reportedly unhappy about Rihanna’s Brown collaborations

By | Published on Monday 27 February 2012


It’s tricky isn’t it? Rihanna should probably be able to get on with her life in whatever way she likes, but the singer came in for some criticism last week after a new version of a track called ‘Birthday Cake’ from her most recent album was unveiled complete with a new verse from ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who delivers the line “Girl, I wanna fuck you right now/Been a long time, I’ve been missing your body”.

To be fair, Rihanna’s lyrics are pretty sexual too, but still, Brown’s involvement with the song is controversial, of course, because the couple’s last collaboration saw him beat her unconscious in the street. And the apparent reconciliation via song comes just a week after Brown reacted angrily on Twitter to those who suggested it was unwise of Grammy organisers to give the singer star-billing just three years after the domestic abuse incident.

The release of the Brown-guesting remix of Rihanna’s track was accompanied by the launch of a remix of one of his songs featuring guest vocals from her. And in some ways the reciprocal collaborations show Rihanna has been able to move on with her life after the beating at her ex-boyfriend’s hands, which is good, though some of those who already believe the US pop industry has too quickly rehabilitated Brown’s career worry about what message this very public reconciliation sends out.

And among the critics of Rihanna’s remixes, rumour has it, is her long-time supporter Jay-Z, who has never kept his anger towards Brown especially secret. A source told Radar Online: “Jay was absolutely disgusted by what Chris did to Rihanna. Jay doesn’t understand how a man could ever lay hands on a woman; it just goes against who he is and [what he’s] about. Chris is absolutely dead to Jay, he wants nothing to do with him ever”.

Said source continues: “Now that Rihanna is hooking up with Chris and recording songs with him, Jay is deeply disappointed in her actions. He can’t fathom why Rihanna is doing the things she is doing. He understands the need for forgiveness, but he is adamant that Rihanna shouldn’t forget what Chris did to her. Jay wonders what kind of message this is sending to Rihanna’s young female fans. Rihanna knows how Jay feels about Chris, but she doesn’t care, she is going to do what she wants. Jay has told Rihanna he will never give his blessing for what she is doing with Chris. He has told her this isn’t going to end well, it never does. In Jay’s opinion, Chris has rage issues that he doesn’t think have been dealt with”.