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Chris Brown and Rihanna’s Half-Baked “Birthday Cake” Collaboration

Older doesn’t necessarily mean wiser—especially when another birthday means collaborating with a guy who physically abused you.

Case in point: Rihanna and Chris Brown have a new song together, called “Birthday Cake.” Released just in time for Rihanna’s 24th birthday, the tune features sexually explicit lyrics that production duo Da Internz told MTV News would “shock the world.”

They might be right. In 2009 Chris Brown was arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna and eventually sentenced to 5 years probation, community service and anger management classes. A judge recently called his ongoing rehabilitation “ commendable.” But the court of public opinion may have a different verdict.

Since his recent Grammy win, Brown has been sounding off on Twitter. “HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate F**** OFF!” 

Some say Brown deserves a second chance. Artistically, Rihanna seems to be giving him one. But this “Birthday Cake” may have been baked in poor taste.