Talking about how the track came about, she says, "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 [Chris Brown] 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."
On making the final decision to put Chris on the song, she adds, "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." Is it really innocent and just music, or are the gory details of their past history bigger than all of this? Either way, if they can forgive & forget, I guess we should as well.—Keenan Higgins
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