Lil Dicky says that he has no regrets regarding his 2018 song “Freaky Friday,” on which he collaborated with Chris Brown. Brown has faced many allegations of misconduct and abuse over the years. Dicky discussed their work together during a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
He explained that he knew he wanted a celebrity for the music video, but didn't have "infinite relationships back then." Dicky then explained that he came to meet Brown at a celebrity basketball game. “He walks right up to me, and he says, ‘Hey man, I just want you to know, you’re an incredible rapper.’ And Chris Brown was my ringtone in the ninth grade, and it was just a very meaningful thing for someone to say to me at that time, and we kept in touch, and then we made that song, and I love that song. I still love that song. It went to No. 1 in multiple nations, and without that song, I don’t know that I could have made [a charity single] like ‘Earth,’ where I raised, like, $3 million [to fight against climate change].”
Lil Dicky & Chris Brown At The Sprite Celebrity Game
After a pause, Dick then reaffirmed: “I know that my heart is good. I really do. I don’t lose sleep at night about my heart. And you can never be perfect, and sometimes I’ll still be dumb and unaware, but I really do care so much about doing the right thing.” He then concluded: “And listen, I get why someone wouldn’t like a Lil Dicky song, but I’d never be ok with someone being like, ‘That guy’s an asshole,’ or ‘That guy’s a piece of sh*t.’ I’ve never had that experience as Dave Burd, the man, so for my art to cause that reaction, my God, it really hurts me.”
Dicky isn't the only artist to face backlash for working with Brown. Chlöe Bailey was recently asked about her decision to work with the singer during an interview with V-103 Atlanta’s The Big Tigger Morning Show. She remarked, "People have every right to their opinions, freedom of speech, and it’s up to me to choose what I give my attention and energy to.”
The “Freaky Friday" Music Video