By Carolyn Amurao
Three years after Chris Brown and Rihanna’s highly publicized break-up, the pair has managed to rekindle the fire, even collaborating on the track “Nobodies Business” from RiRi’s latest album Unapologetic. But just because romance is in the air again (they’ve been spotted at awards shows and concerts together) doesn’t mean that the road to redemption was easy.
On Wednesday’s (December 5) episode of “RapFix Live,” Juelz Santana told us how their troubles back in 2009 almost prevented him from working with Chris on the single, “Back To The Crib.”
Santana was advised by L.A. Reid, who was Def Jam Records’ chairman at the time, to a pick a different collaborator. “They asked me to take Chris Brown off and put Trey Songz on the song,” he said. “I’m like, ‘I can’t do that. Chris Brown is my homie.”
Juelz explained that Reid “did that through issues that had to do with Rihanna and Chris Brown and the label situation,” in an effort to protect the label’s star pop princess. In the end, the Harlem spitter remained loyal to his friend who was going through a rough time. “At that time…it was still heated,” he said. ”I was the first one to reach out to Chris.”
Up next for Santana is his third LP Born to Lose, Built to Win which he plans to release next year. Who knows, maybe Juelz will ask them both to be on a track, now that their relationship is doing better.