Ester Dean: ‘Right By My Side’ Was Written About Chris Brown and Rihanna

Ester Dean, Chris Brown, and Rihanna

Chris Brown has been crooning about Rihanna without even knowing it. Ester Dean, who penned “Right By My Side,” Chris’ collaboration with Nicki Minaj, has revealed that the song was about Chris and RiRi’s romance all along.

The singer-songwriter let the cat out of the bag during an interview with JAM’N 94.5. “Well, a little secret: I wrote that song for Chris and Rihanna,” Dean said of the single, which appeared on Nicki’s album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. “I wrote it for her from him. But he didn’t know that. I just felt like I wanted to say that to her from him.”

She apologized for not telling him sooner. “I’m so sorry, Chris!”

Just yesterday, Chris announced his break-up with girlfriend Karrueche Tran over Rihanna and released a video speaking about his love for both ladies.

“When you share history with somebody, then you tend to fall in love with somebody else, it’s kinda difficult,” he said in the candid clip. “Is there such thing as loving two people? I don’t know if that’s possible, but for me, I feel like that.”



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51 Comments

  1. x

    lollll omg!

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    linda Reply:

    Curious to know how ALL the commenters are so certain Nicki writes her own songs/raps or for that matter any artist that suggest they do. Give me one FACT why you think Nicki writes her own raps. I can answer that. Because Nicki said so and it appeared on her CD credits. See, no facts! Just heresay. Fans kill me commenting as if they witnessed some sh*t.

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    DenimJunkieKidd Reply:

    @linda, lol how do you know nicki didn’t write her rap in the song….I’m pretty sure that part wasn’t written in te original for Rihanna seeing that she doesn’t rap just saying…you can see on her cd credits that she doesn’t write everything, hell even kanye and jay have people write hooks for them

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    G8 Reply:

    @DenimJunkieKidd, Her fans are stating she writes or wrote certain lyrics. My point is how can a fan determine what Nicki does or doesn’t do. What facts does these fans have. SB can write most of Nicki’s lyrics and Nicki can take the credit…so to blab off as if Nicki wrote this or that is kinda lame.

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    DenimJunkieKidd Reply:

    @G8, I’m not saying she writes all of her stuff I’m basically saying just the same thing you are, we don’t know so being so quick to judge is pointless……..the fact that people can’t read comprehensively is even more lame

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    Trev Reply:

    @linda, an artist that doesn’t write for themselves don’t write for other people…Nicki writes for other artist, so obviously she writes for herself

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    Zack Reply:

    @linda, agreeeeed! Even for pop artists like Katy Perry and Kesha. Sure their names are on the credits but unless you were next to her when you wrote it stfu. It’s so easy to make up some story about when they wrote a particular song when in reality they’re lying.

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    Quise Reply:

    To be honest she didn’t write nicki rap verse she wrote the singing part sees how much you know dumb ass @linda,

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    JoJo Reply:

    @linda, who else do you know who raps like nicki ??. hmmmmmmm yeah no one

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  2. Arie

    Well she is friends with both of them so it makes sense. Atleast now I know why I like the song she wrote it.

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  3. Naya

    Stupid bitch

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  4. RihannaNavy

    See Nicki doesn’t write her own stuff. What a loser! This song was a flop

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    Trev Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, she wrote Chris Brown’s part…Nicki wrote her verses…she also wrote the superbass chorus, and Nicki wrote her verses…and i hope you know Rihanna doesn’t write a damn thing, which is fine because it’s not required, just saying…Nicki always writes her verses at least, sometimes she writes hooks, sometimes she doesn’t…and sometimes for other people such as RIHANNA…so please sit

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    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @Trev, thank you for existing if not for any other purpose but shutting that person down

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    Jade Reply:

    @Trev, Tell her, these times Rihanna doesn’t even write her own stuff. If she never had writers will she even be in the music industry…

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    Mel Reply:

    @Jade, Lol many people don’t write their music… but to be fair Rihanna does co-write some of her songs (most of Rated R and Talk that talk and her early albums) and she is the executive producer so she controls the direction of her albums…

    At the end of the day, I’m here for music that I like to hear so I really don’t care who wrote it so long as it’s a good song

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    Trev Reply:

    @Mel, agreed! I’m sounding like a Rihanna hater which is not the case at all!!! I love every fiber of that woman! I was just defending the claim that nicki doesn’t write her stuff

    Madonna (Queen of music) and Whitney (Best singer ever) did not write their songs, but they made great music

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    Patti Reply:

    @Trev, actually Rihanna is credited as a co-writer on 6 songs on the deluxe version of Talk That Talk: You Da One, Cockiness, Birthday Cake, Watch ‘N Learn, Red Lipstick, and Do Ya Thang.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @Patti, just so all of you know, sometimes these bigger name artists are able to negotiate a percentage of the writing royalties along with being credited, in exchange for the usage of the song (tours, radio, DVDs, etc.) some vocal producers such as Kuk Harrell are even able to negotiate these same type of deals in exchange for what they bring to the table. So, when you see someone’s name credited on a song just know that doesn’t always mean that they wrote on the song.

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    JoshLoveRihanna Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, SHE SAID SHE WROTE Chris’s PART!!! & Patti your right. . .I LOVE Nic & Rih (I LOVE Rihanna wayyyyyyy MORE) But stop hating on Nic!

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  5. ugh

    rapper and pop singer i dont hate her but can live without her music sometimes lol im sure she writes her dumb ass raps but all her singing songs?? no so dont say she dont write her own stuff cause lets not forget she is a pop artist now and most of them bitches have ugly hoes like ester and keri write for them

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    T Reply:

    @ugh, gosh, you guys are stupid. You guys fail to realize that writing a song is more times than not, a collaborative effort. In the situation of Right By My Side, Esther wrote the singing, Nicki wrote the raps and potentially added tweeks to her singing verse(s). And just because Nicki dabbles in Pop music, doesn’t exactly mean she stops writing. “Automatic” is a Pop song by her, written by her. Along with Pound the Alarm, Whip, Young Forever etc. I could go on and on. You guys just sound so stupid with these comments without doing the research or maybe you purposely make yourselves sound like idiots.

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  6. Me Not You

    Nicki Writes her own shit…..Ester Dean only wrote three songs out of all of Nicki songs…so don’t play Nic, because some people commenting when their faves don’t write SHIT at all!

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    G8 Reply:

    @Me Not You, How do you know. You just a fan. You have no facts who write what. All these Nicki fans need to get they life. Like study hard and be somebody great other than a Nicki fanatic.

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @G8, It’s on the album credits duhh.

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    G8 Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, So that makes it true cuz its on the credits. Some of her dumb songs like stupid ho, I’ll say she wrote those weak dumb lyrics other than that, Nicki prolly switch up words in verses thats written for her but being that she’s a person that stole someone elses image I doubt seriously if Nicki creative enuff to write.

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  7. T

    Gosh, some of you guys are so stupid or do a GREAT job of acting that way. You guys fail to realize that writing a song is more times than not, a collaborative effort. In the situation of Right By My Side, Esther wrote the singing, Nicki wrote the raps and potentially added tweeks to her singing verse(s), same with Chris. Essentially, Esther provides the demo and the artist delivers the final product which may or may not have edits.

    And just because Nicki dabbles in Pop music, doesn’t exactly mean she stops writing. “Automatic” is a Pop song by her, written by her. Along with Pound the Alarm, Whip, Young Forever etc. I could go on and on. You guys just sound so stupid with these comments without doing the research or maybe you purposely make yourselves sound like idiots.

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    you guys are aggravating. Reply:

    @T, Thank you !!

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  8. boom boom

    i’m glad Rih was not doing this song, it’s too basic.

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  9. LmaopressedR

    Love that song :)

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  10. Jade

    Nicki writes her own stuff man. STFU to all you people who are claiming she doesn’t. I can list a whole load of singers and rappers who don’t write their own stuff. Why are we making this about Nicki. The article is about Ester Dean, Chris Brown and Rihanna. Stick to the topic hoes.

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  11. kyla

    Do ALL THESE HATERS THINK ITS GONNA CHANGE ANYTHING? Stop wasting yr time coz Chris and Rih arent bothered by yr broke azz jealousy!!

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  12. ,.

    Nicki writes and co-writes and stuff is co-written for her,she never do song that she have no part of,she always add something to it,she do her own stuff she writes her own stuff.,thats why she don’t get only 3% on her stuff like others.

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  13. yep!

    So she wrote Nicki verse too? I would not be surprised….

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    Do you Reply:

    @yep!, don’t offend Ester like that.

    Nicki could only write her wack ass raps.

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  14. Yall Stupid

    Nicki writes her own verses! The only one that Ester wrote lyrics for is Chris Brown! Can y’all not read? I mean do you have any intelligence? Stop hating and leave with all that!

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  15. andy

    Wobbledy wobble, wo-wo-wobble, wobbin’
    A## so fat, all these b####’ p#### is throbbin’ yes I’m sure wrote that verse and many other stupid verses calling people nappy headed h### whilst she hiding underneath pink & green wigs . Its Andy just tellem I GO !!

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  16. Ramon

    Who gives a flying fuck?

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  17. divine_brown

    i’m pretty sure he knew those lyrics were about him and rihanna…we all did…

    girl just sit down lets talk it out
    one on one without a crowd
    i wanna hold your hand
    make love again
    i need to be near yooooou!
    gotta let you know
    how I’m feeling
    you own my heart
    and she’s just renting
    don’t turn away
    pay attention
    i’m pouring out my heart!

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  18. MmmHmm

    LMAO! OMG PROOF THAT NICKI DOESNT WRITE HER OWN MATERIAL, SHES GOTTA BE USING A GHOST WRITER FOR LIKE 95% OF HER MUSIC! HER STRUGGLE IS TOO REAL!

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  19. Jay

    LOL!!!! I love that story so much!!! That is so cool that she was thinking about them when she wrote that song!! HA! :)

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  20. Steve

    Nicki already said in an interview Ester Dean wrote the singing verse at the beginning and Nicki wrote her rap.

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  21. you guys are aggravating.

    Everyone ALREADY KNEW that Ester Dean wrote this song. Its not the first song shes written for Nic. Fck is the big deal? When producers write songs, they sometimes write a certain part and shop it around to artists, and the artist who decides they want that song add their own lyrics as well… sooooo.. whats the fuss you guys?

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  22. AllAmerykhanBoy

    All the haters wanna jump to conclusions. Like Ester said no one knew that the lyrics she wrote for Chris were for Rihanna the same way none of you guys were in the studio when they were writing and recording the song. And of course Nicki haters gone have something to say because it’s in their brains to hate. But the post is about Chris and Rihanna not Nicki Minaj. You never know Nicki and Ester probably discussed the whole thing. These people are not only ARTIST but they are also FRIENDS and Friends help each other out. So haters please keep it cute and mature leveled.

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  23. AllAmerykhanBoy

    Track listing

    No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
    1. “Roman Holiday” Onika Maraj, Winston Thomas, Larry Nacht, Safaree Samuels BlackOut Movement, Pink Friday Productions 4:05
    2. “Come on a Cone” Maraj, Chauncey Hollis Hit-Boy 3:05
    3. “I Am Your Leader” (featuring Cam’ron and Rick Ross) Maraj, Hollis, William Roberts II, Cameron Giles Hit-Boy 3:33
    4. “Beez in the Trap” (featuring 2 Chainz) Maraj, Maurice Jordan, Tauheed Epps Kenoe 4:28
    5. “HOV Lane” Maraj, Ryan Marrone, Garrick Smith, Samuels Ryan & Smitty, Pink Friday Productions 3:13
    6. “Roman Reloaded” (featuring Lil Wayne) Maraj, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Ricardo LaMarre, Samuels Rico Beats, Pink Friday Productions 3:16
    7. “Champion” (featuring Nas, Drake and Young Jeezy) Maraj, Tyler Williams, Nikhil Seetharam, Aubrey Graham, Jay Jenkins, Nasir Jones T-Minus, Nikhil S.* 4:56
    8. “Right by My Side” (featuring Chris Brown) Maraj, Andrew Wansel, Warren Felder, Ester Dean, Jameel Roberts, Ronny Colson Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Oak, Flip*, JProof* 4:25
    9. “Sex in the Lounge” (featuring Lil Wayne and Bobby V) Maraj, Ernest Wilson, Matthew Hall, Carter, Ness Wilson, Samuels M.E. Productions, Pink Friday Productions 3:27
    10. “Starships” Maraj, Nadir Khayat, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Wayne Hector RedOne, Rami, Falk 3:30
    11. “Pound the Alarm” Maraj, Khayat, Falk, Yacoub, Bilal Hajji, Achraf Jannusi RedOne, Falk, Rami 3:25
    12. “Whip It” Maraj, Khayat, Alex Papaconstantinou, Bjoern Djupstom, Hajji, Hector RedOne, Alex P 3:15
    13. “Automatic” Maraj, Khayat, Jimmy Thornfeldt, Geraldo Sandell RedOne, Jimmy Joker 3:18
    14. “Beautiful Sinner” Maraj, Alexander Grant, Ester Dean Alex da Kid 3:47
    15. “Marilyn Monroe” Maraj, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Ross golan, Jonathan Rotem J. R. Rotem, Dreamlab* 3:16
    16. “Young Forever” Maraj, Lukasz Gottwald, Kelly Sheehan, Henry Walter Dr. Luke, Cirkut 3:06
    17. “Fire Burns” Maraj, Wansel, Felder Wansel, Oak 3:00
    18. “Gun Shot” (featuring Beenie Man) Maraj, Daniel Johnson, Moses Davis, Christian Grossett Kane Beatz 4:39
    19. “Stupid Hoe” Maraj, Tina Dunham, Samuels

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  24. AllAmerykhanBoy

    Chris Brown’s name is not even credited as a writer so Ester Dean obviously wrote his lyrics

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  25. AllAmerykhanBoy

    I Bet You None Of The Haters Even Listened To Audio. -_-

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  26. KaramelKisses

    Ester Dean, STOP! Trying to get your name out there through the current hype surrounding Chris & Rihanna. How are you writing a song about them for a Nicki Minaj album? I like Chris, when he’s on his grown man, don’t care much for “this Rihanna, perfer her in the Take A Bow era, but I like them together. In life, there are only a handful of people that really get you & I feel that they really get each other. So if they are trying to work it out & are happy together, I wish them the best … God bless!

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    vicki Reply:

    wow some of yall are retarded!!! Nicki writes her own stuff. Ester Dean wrote CHRIS BROWNS verse NOT nickis verses.

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  27. maya

    Ester have SEVERAL seats.

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  28. R to the Diamonds star down to the C way

    bet he already know it nOw since u said it on the radioooooo

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