Super-producer, The Dream is speaking out on the controversial Chris Brown/Rihanna collaboration. The man behind the original version of “Cake” stopped by MTV’s RapFix Live to explain just how the song came together.

The man behind one of Rihanna’s biggest hits, ‘Umbrella,’ says adding Breezy to the song was Rihanna’s idea.

“I think I’m gonna put Chris on it,” Rihanna told him one day. “I don’t know which Chris you talkin’ about, [but] OK, cool, whatever you say,” The Dream told his friend.

Of course he had to know which Chris she was speaking of, but the Dream says he trusts RihRih’s choices and she had to be aware of the outrage her decision would cause.

Dream explained, “She’s pretty smart too. The same questions that went through my mind, and I’m an artist also, had to have gone through hers…When she raised the question to me, I know she’s not crazy. So my thought was you’ve been thinking about this, you’ve already thought it out, so evidently you know what reaction you gonna get.”

So what does the Dream have to say to all those who are upset about the collaboration? For the Dream, it’s a matter of forgiveness.

“Don’t say you know how to forgive when you don’t,” he said. “Everybody knows what took place, cool. Have the power to really forgive if that’s what it is. If not, stay on that side of the fence from the beginning.”

While, I don’t believe forgiving someone means forgetting what they did, it’s clear that many in the industry have moved on.

Check out the Dream talking to Sway of MTV’s RapFix Live. What do you think? 

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  • threediva

    Shout-out to RiRi, for the grown up move. True forgiveness is just that, forgive and move on. You don’t have to forget or return to the past romantic relationship (never been confirmed past random gossip blog posts or twitter pile-ons).

    Life is about choices, these two have chosen to make their own and move on. Folks need to be focusing on fixing their own bitter wounds and move on too.

  • CD86

    “When she raised the question to me, I know she’s not crazy. ” – Hmmm…Why is a woman’s default position with men is that she is ‘crazy’?

  • If Rihanna is over it I think we should all be over it too. She was there, she experienced it and honestly he was convicted and did his community service. It isn’t our place to forgive him, he didn’t beat us up.

  • , I also think that the move on Rihanna’s part has to do with the understanding of her ilvenvmont in the incident. Face reality, Chris didn’t just go HAM on her because he likes beating up people. What was her role in the incident? Did she provoke him? Too much in our society are women allowed to belittle men and remove any ounce of pride and respect men have for themselves, because society favor’s women over men. I’ve watched some pretty interesting videos where women are just beating the shit out of a man, and the man finally turns around an punches the chick in the face.While it’s a no-brainer that traditional women (and I say that because we have non-traditional women in our soceity, and you know who i’m talking about) are no physical competition for a traditional man, there is a little thing called common ground , where if you step into a debate with another, you better be willing to accept all blows.Now, am I saying she did anything TO provoke him? NO, but what I am saying is, WE don’t know what her role in the incident was, so judging chris brown is ridiculous and selfish of society.I mean, really, all EVERYONE knows from the story is Chris beat her up Even if she was questioned by authorities, it wouldn’t matter because that information wouldn’t have leaked to us.I’m sure Rihanna is a nice girl, but like most women, there is always a level of insecurity. She found a text she didn’t like from him, and the rest is history So, from my perspective, it seems like she may finally be owning up to HER responsibility in the incident and saying it’s not right to allow him to suffer for something WE were BOTH involved in .Mature shit