For those who cared and got their copy of Talk That Talk, Rihanna’s sixth studio album, or at least bothered to download, know the amazing unfinished addition of ‘Birthday Cake’, credited as a mere interlude.
The all-too-short track was a highlight from the very beginning, fans ranted in their network sites and even tweeted producer The-Dream, requesting the song to be made full length.
After serious consideration, the complete version of ‘Cake’ was slated to be made available on Rihanna’s site and digital retailers between Feb. 16th and Feb. 20th (the singer’s actual birthday), and a male feature was confirmed. Around this time, rumors emerged appointing Chris Brown as the alleged feature, who physically assaulted Rihanna three years ago on the eve of the Grammy Awards; he was issued a restriction order, and she became a spokesperson against domestic abuse.
‘Birthday Cake’ is indeed amazing, but Brown’s verses taint it to the point one can’t avoid but associate his lyrics to knocking her down again. While she drops a couple I miss you’s and a ‘I love you baby’ in her respective verse for ‘Turn Up The Music’. If they are getting back together or not, publicity stunt or mere act of forgiveness, this is not looking good for her.
As good as the song alone may be (minus Brown), it is going too far. Roughly two years ago before Rated R kicked off, Rihanna fought tears to Diane Sawyer, in a tell-all interview claiming,
When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that. I couldn’t be held responsible for telling them to go back. Even if Chris never hit me again, who’s to say their boyfriend won’t kill these girls. These are young girls and … I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls live until that happened. It was a wake-up call for me – big time.
And now this happens; one of the biggest hypocritical acts in the industry yet. If Rihanna wanted to prove how bad she is, she has done it, but she has also proven the idiot she is as well. What she is delivering is not only an ode to cunnilingus ‘hidden’ in not so subtle cake references, but is also putting on a billboard that going back to an abuser and putting your life at risk is okay, acceptable and totally normal. Whether she likes it or not, she became a poster-girl for the matter, and a model for young girls out there who went through the same.
Brown hasn’t shown signs of change, instead he has been bashing ‘haters’ in his Twitter account, making offensive remarks, and bidding his Grammy as the ‘ultimate fuck off’.
Either Rihanna wasn’t beaten enough, or needs to go over her post-assault shots, and re-watch her 20/20 interview; or hell, maybe the lyrics to ‘S&M’ couldn’t make any more sense than they do now,
‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me’.
Welcome the new Tina & Ike Turner.
Take a look at how ‘well-received’ Rihanna’s latest (which isn’t even in her actual album to begin with) has been; click to enlarge.