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Rihanna'a exes Drake and Chris Brown announce release of collaborative new single No Guidance 


They went from reportedly fighting in a club in 2012 to being friendly musical collaborators.

Drake and Chris Brown released No Guidance, a surprise joint single, on Friday.

The 32-year-old rapper and 30-year-old R&B singer share the distinction of both having dated Rihanna, 31, a source of their previous feuding.

New music: Drake, 32, and Chris Brown, 30, released No Guidance, a surprise joint single, on Friday

New music: Drake, 32, and Chris Brown, 30, released No Guidance, a surprise joint single, on Friday

Both musicians released the artwork for the track, which featured a nude woman wearing the headdress most commonly associated with Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

The dark image was illuminated by a neon blue circle of light which terminated in a small pyramid hovering between the woman’s hands. 

The background was covered with plant-like decorative flourishes.

‘RELEASES TODAY!!!!!!! SUMMER HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED!!!!’ Chris captioned his Instagram post of the cover image.

The song is one of a whopping 37 tracks that will be featured on Chris Brown’s upcoming album Indigo. 

Repurposed: No Guidance is reportedly one of 37 tracks to be featured on Chris' upcoming album Indigo; pictured with Drake on December 31, 2018

Repurposed: No Guidance is reportedly one of 37 tracks to be featured on Chris’ upcoming album Indigo; pictured with Drake on December 31, 2018

The easing of tensions was hinted at in October of 2018, when Drake invited Chris onstage during a tour stop in Los Angeles.

Prior to that, Breezy made an Instagram post about Drake Scorpion album on the day of it’s June 2018 release. 

Though they spent several years beefing prior to 2018, the two were previously friendly and were spotted attended basketball games together courtside at the start of the decade.

Previous musical collaborations included a 2010 remix of Chris’ Deuces, which Drake was featured on, and a remix of Drake’s Marvin’s Room that Chris recorded.

But by 2012 the former friends were taking shots at each other on Twitter, and the two were involved in a New York nightclub altercation.

The fight allegedly started after Drake reportedly sent Chris an unflattering note, which sent bottles flying and resulted in minor facial injuries for the Beautiful People singer.

Awkward: Drake and Rihanna, 31, dated on and off, though his affectionate Video Vanguard speech made her uncomfortable, and they currently have no relationship at all; pictured in 2016

Awkward: Drake and Rihanna, 31, dated on and off, though his affectionate Video Vanguard speech made her uncomfortable, and they currently have no relationship at all; pictured in 2016

A catalyst for some of Drake and Chris’ bad blood was seemingly their relationships to superstar singer Rihanna.

The Work singer has dated Drake on and off since 2009 (though she has at times denied ever doing so).

The One Dance rapper shared his affection for Rihanna when he gushed about her on stage at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, where he was presenting her with the Video Vanguard Award.

She later told Vogue that, ‘Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don’t like too many compliments; I don’t like to be put on blast.’

In the same interview she said of Drake: ‘We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.’

Rocky relationship: Chris had a far more concerning relationship with Rihanna, which began in 2008; pictured in 2013

Rocky relationship: Chris had a far more concerning relationship with Rihanna, which began in 2008; pictured in 2013

Domestic violence: Their relationship was fractured in the early hours of February 8, 2009, when what began as an argument ended with Brown assaulting Rihanna badly enough to require hospitalization; pictured 2009

Domestic violence: Their relationship was fractured in the early hours of February 8, 2009, when what began as an argument ended with Brown assaulting Rihanna badly enough to require hospitalization; pictured 2009

Felon: He was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats the following month, initially pleading not guilty, before pleading guilty to a single felony count (pictured February 2013 in court for a probation progress report hearing)

Felon: He was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats the following month, initially pleading not guilty, before pleading guilty to a single felony count (pictured February 2013 in court for a probation progress report hearing)

Chris had a far more abusive relationship with Rihanna, which began in 2008.

Their relationship was fractured in the early hours of February 8, 2009, when what began as an argument ended with Brown assaulting Rihanna badly enough to require hospitalization.

He was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats the following month, initially pleading not guilty, before pleading guilty to a single felony count.

He was ordered to serve five years of probation, community service and counseling for domestic violence. 

The two later reunited in early 2013, before breaking up again later that year. 

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