Chris Brown and Rihanna's torrid relationship has cranked the rumor mill into high gear as fans and friends do everything they can to keep the two Hip Hop stars apart. Brown, who was put on probation after physically abusing RiRi three years ago when the couple was dating, may be arrested for violating the terms by stealing a woman's iPhone in miami. Meanwhile, Rihanna has been dropping rumors that she may be trying to reconcile with Brown, while simultaneously lashing out at his current girlfriend on Twitter.
Now another celebrity has spoken out on the subject of Chris Brown and Rihanna, but unlike Jay Z, Reese Witherspoon and a number of other public figures, rapper Andre 3000 has come out in support of Brown, arguing that we can only hold Brown's misdeeds against him for so long in an interview with Fader. During an interview with the magazine, Andre brought up the subject himself, responding to a question about how he decides who to collaborate with.
Even the Chris Brown remix-of course I love the beat, but at that time a lot of people were on Chris Brown as a human being, he said. And I know he'd gone through his troubles or whatever and I just was like--I just wanted to stand by him and be like, Hey, you know, you can't really charge a man forever and condemn a man forever. So it's really just like a support thing. I thought it was a cool thing to do.
Andre may have a point, we can only judge Chris Brown for so many years based on one act, not matter how heinous it is. However, Brown hasn't exactly been a perfect citizen since then. Beyond the recent case of iPhone 'snatch and grab,' Brown has refused to show any remorse for his abuse of Rihanna, cursing out those who confront him on Twitter and calling them jealous of his success in the music industry.
Andre 3000 might want to send some sympathy towards, Christal Spann, the victim of Brown's accused theft, considering that the ex-Outkast member uses a smartphone for his own career.
With phones now they have the recorder on it, so I can sing melodies or I can say lyrics right into my phone, he told Fader.
Andre also lists his favorite rappers during the interview, from the old (Tribe Called Quest, Souls of Mischief and others) to new (Drake and Kanye West). Check out the full interview at Fader.