Chris Brown Performs at JAY-Z's Tidal Benefit Concert — Seeming to Confirm End of Feud with Rihanna's Mentor

Brown was among the group of headliners invited to perform at JAY-Z's Tidal x Brooklyn concert on Tuesday

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Chris Brown and JAY-Z were together for the first time in years following their rumored feud over Rihanna.

Brown was among the group of headliners invited to perform at JAY-Z’s Tidal x Brooklyn concert on Tuesday, benefiting those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Rocking braids and a bright yellow tracksuit, Brown, 28, had the crowd on their feet during a high energy, multi-song set including hits like “Loyal” and “Party.”

Following his arrest for physically assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, Brown reportedly had a rocky relationship with her mentor JAY-Z, 47, who first signed her to his Def Jam label as a promising unknown singer.

“He’s very protective,” Rihanna previously told PEOPLE about Hov. “Jay has my best interests in mind. If it’s a good guy I know Jay won’t shut him down. But if he’s not, Jay will be like, ‘No, no, no.’ ”

In 2011, TMZ shared video of JAY-Z not supporting Brown’s performance during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, which only fueled speculation.

Brown and Rihanna’s relationship came to a crashing halt after they attended Clive Davis’ Grammy event in February 2009. In his 2017 documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life, Brown recalled how it all came to a head when an unidentified woman he previously had sexual relations with approached the couple at the event. He insisted he didn’t know the woman would be in attendance.

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In November 2012, Brown clarified the rare exchanges he and JAY-Z have are “cordial.”

“It was real respectful. It was nothing like that,” he said in a radio interview after being asked about a rumor that JAY-Z threatened to end his career during their alleged altercation at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in October 2012.

However, in September 2013, Brown called out JAY-Z’s past indiscretions in a Jet magazine interview, saying: “No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that [JAY-Z] stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”

The rumored hatchet now seems buried and for a good cause. Not long after Brown’s performance, JAY-Z closed out the star-studded Tidal concert that helped raise thousands for hurricane victims.

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