Chances are, you’ve already heard what fans plus a domestic-abuse expert had to say about Rihanna and Chris Brown’s controversial collaborations on new remixes of “Birthday Cake” and “Turn Up the Music.” Chances are, you’ve probably formed your own opinion too. Watch the Rihanna sextape leaked video on Rihanna and Chris Brown sextape
But because initial shock with the pair’s reunion subsides, and both remixes set out to diffuse into the collective conscience, we’re left with one rather question: Beyond all of the (very public) handwringing the songs are coming up with, is it actually any good? Early opinions from critics have been lukewarm at best (and downright hostile at worst), mostly given it seems there is a difficult time separating their feelings about Brown – with his fantastic 2009 assault of Rihanna – from their feelings concerning the songs themselves. And really, you can’t blame them. In several ways, fat loss not to observe the “Cake” and “Music” remixes over the prism of the past 36 months.
Still, with opinions still being formed (and feelings still fresh), we reached out to a lot of our favorite music journos to acquire their undertake the songs and Rihanna and Brown’s unlikely collaboration. Here’s what they had to convey:
” ‘Birthday Cake’ was virtually destined to be a smash when Talk That Talk premiered with only a snippet than it. … The 78-second little The-Dream-produced track inspired hosannas from individuals the Rihanna Navy who couldn’t wait for an full thing to be removed. … Putting Chris brown on the [remix] (inside them for hours him sing ‘I wanna f— you today,’ which Rihanna sang for the fade-out in the TTT version, as his opening gambit) seems just like overplaying her hand. Like, this song would certainly be a big deal to her fans it doesn’t matter what, exactly why add the talk with it? Then again, yesteryear 3 years of her career have, it appears, been about her taking control of her public image in a big way – from enacting revenge fantasies in ‘Man Down’ to singing about sex a lot – and adding Brown to a song about fetishistic sex can be a opportinity for her to perform exactly that, to implicitly flip off individuals who she sees as paternalistic or overbearing while participating in what she calls ‘chiefin’.’ Every gossip item about the 2 of them getting back together or lurking, every angry/sad/exulting post, every public tweet they direct to one another when presumably they might just DM forward and backward, keeps them – and the songs – in the news. Meanwhile, Brown’s song and Rihanna’s contribution with it are pretty bland, a ‘Party Rock Anthem’ with no shuffling as well as less whimsy. At one point, Rihanna does the idea of ‘I adore you,’ that may without a doubt get tongues wagging. I’m pretty much grossed out by the whole thing, to be honest.” – Maura Johnston, Village Voice
“The remixes aren’t terrible, and that is just as much as I’ll say prone to saying something loving toward Chris brown. … It is important to recollect is actually there is a challenge with these two teaming up: Don’t blame Rihanna. Blame the ravenous, unscrupulous, money-starved record niche for being complacent through this complete event. The complete machine is fallling, so everyone – artists like Ludacris and Attacking young boys, their labels and managers, magazines like Vibe who put Chris brown on the cover, awards shows much like the Grammys, TV networks who play Chris brown videos – all of them are too afraid to potentially help with a judgment that could prevent them from being where money is. The belief that everyone except Jay-Z and Miranda Lambert is simply too chickensh– to communicate out against woman-beating is pathetic beyond pathetic. Many people are too scared to compromise their possiblity to catch the past remaining dollars during the music industry’s death rattle.” – Christopher R. Weingarten, SPIN
“Rihanna’s ‘Birthday Cake’ would be a standout track from Talk That Talk, even just in its original form (as an interlude) – and most importantly, without Chris brown. Around the remix, all Brown’s aggressive, salacious verses do … is add fuel to rumors circling of these reunion nowadays. [And] Rihanna comes home about the song, calling checkmate on Breezy with her suggestive lyrics – “Remember the way you did it?/ Remember how we fit it?/ In the event you still desire to kiss it, come, come and have it” – rendering it difficult to stop teased into again reading relating to the lines. ‘Turn In the Music’ seems like a collaboration that would have fit both artists’ discography during their days coupled up. Although RiRi’s airy vocals blend well with all the Underdogs’ dance soundscapes, adding Rihanna on the track doesn’t leave a lasting impression nor elevate the song to improve grounds. Ultimately, it’s not the information of the songs that matter; it is the statement both singers making the effort to make simply by releasing them. The collaborations seem like a step toward reconciliation between both – seeing the tracks climb the chart can be a bonus. Rihanna wants us to find out that they no longer wears the sneakers in the victim and Breezy wants to prove that he’s turned into a better man. This isn’t your own or professional move; it’s both. Both singers have woven their personal life, a haunting moment of their lives, in a professional move. Orgasm is stirred much controversy, I believe it absolutely was inescapable.”
The man who bloodied and bruised Rihanna three years ago is now heard for the pop princess’ sexually charged “Birthday Cake” remix, released Monday. Chris brown raps about wanting to “f***” her and “give it to her within the worst way,” in the new edition with the song.
Listeners also can hear Rihanna’s vocals featured on Chris Brown’s remix of “Turn The Music,” which has been released Monday.
Even though some fans have expressed acceptance and also excitement regarding the collaboration, others are outraged, announcing their loss in respect for Rihanna after seemingly welcoming her former abuser into her lifetime.
“Deleted Rihanna off my iPod. Not linked to that imbecile in a capacity,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Ladies, don’t be like Rihanna… in case a man beats you stay away, call the cops, get help. Don’t let him remix see your face or maybe your song,” another wrote.
“Rihanna owes better to her numerous female fans rather than to sing/dance on stage which has a man who put her in hospital,” said another.
Without having treated Rihanna or learning the more information with the continuing saga involving the pop stars, experts weighed in on the rekindled music relationship. Although some said the revived pair is inappropriate and dangerous, others suggest that Rihanna might have healed through the experience and today feels empowered to discover business and personal relationships.