It’s Time to Forgive Chris Brown, Says ‘Birthday Cake’ Producer The-Dream

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We've already talked you through the conversation you're likely having with yourself about Rihanna's new collaborations with Chris Brown, but for producer The-Dream, who put together the "Birthday Cake" remix, that internal dialogue wasn't nearly as conflicted. "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 tells Billboard. "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." The-Dream says the remix was Rihanna's idea, and that cleared up any doubts he may have had over helming a track with Rihanna and her former abuser: "If she can forgive, that's where she is mentally. As a friend, it's like, 'Okay, cool. Let's roll.'"