Chris Brown Shares His Journey on MTV’s ‘This Is How I Made It’

Chris Brown

From his humble beginnings growing up in Tappahannock, Virginia, to becoming an international superstar, Chris Brown shares his story on MTV’s “This Is How I Made It.” The R&B singer opens up about performing in the church for the first time to performing in front of millions at the 2007 VMAs. He also recounts winning his first Grammy and making his mother proud.

Plus, he addresses the obstacles he faced along the way and how he overcame them. “My legacy can hopefully show [people] that once you’re down, that don’t just mean you’re down forever,” said Breezy.

Watch his inspiring journey in the full episode below.

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86 Comments

  1. @taimiicel

    I liked it

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    WayneRules2012 Reply:

    @@taimiicel, i used to like him but now he just detastes me! Btw im second after you i think!!

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    Love Reply:

    @WayneRules2012, -_-

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    Hov Reply:

    @WayneRules2012, shut up hoe – hov

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    Roman Empire Reply:

    @WayneRules2012, NickI stays an inspiration to these hopefuls. Tune in Nov 4th guys!!

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  2. PEOPLE? REALLY

    SORRY BUT THE DUDES A FRONT. HE PUTS THAT SORRY/I’M HUMBLE FACE ON EVERYTIME HE DOES INTERVIEWS. HIS A JOKE & I’M TIRED OF HIM; I WAS A FAN, BUT HIS JUST A BIG OL’ PIECE OF PU**Y NOW!!!

    HE DON’T ACT LIKE THIS ON WEBISODES/TWITTER/MUSIC VIDEOS, WHY YOU FRONTING?

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    Love Reply:

    @PEOPLE? REALLY, actually he does lololol

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    Love Reply:

    @Love, he does act like that on webisodes etc stop the fake hating

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    TunechiHeat3 Reply:

    @PEOPLE? REALLY, I agree With You 100% I Use To love Him When he Was Still Humble Even After The rihanna Situation I still Loved Him Then the Media Got To him And He Started Acting Like A Douche Bag

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    Tred23 Reply:

    @PEOPLE? REALLY, You really should stfu… Cause he’s human just like you and I’m sure you make mistakes and you don’t want to be condemned for life for it.. he still a HUMBLE person, he does what he has to sell his music it doesn’t change who he is as a person, you obviously have no idea what it’s like to be famous and in the spot light…. Cause I’m sure you f*ck up a lot but the fact that your not in the public eye it doesn’t matter as much… Interviews are called for some type of sivilence, you can look at yo fav rapper they dont act the same on a interview as well,it shows he knows theres a time and place for everything!You really need to check yourself cause we all know sh*t ain’t sweet

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    Big Moe Reply:

    Thank you very much. You said every thing right and clear. Everyone of us has had shortcoming and does not want to be justified and condemned for it for ever.People must understand that Chris is just human like everyone and is bound to make any thing stupid like every one. I suggest we all should forgive if not forgotten his faults and misdemeanors and accept him for good by considering his positives aspects, rather than focusing on his negative aspects most. Most of those criticized him are hatred and detractors who would never see or say positive things about him.Who know if they were in his position, what would they have done? may be the worst.

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    cinderella95193 Reply:

    @PEOPLE? REALLY,dude seriously you’re gonna hate on the guy because he gets attention, grow up it aint like u know him personally which non of us actually do…u can’t judge anyone leave the judging to God and if he feels that he’s humble and all that stuff that’s for him at least he aint like u..a hater worst thing ever just let the guy be please?!

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    Nick Faraci Reply:

    @PEOPLE? REALLY, of course he not gonna act like that on webisodes…he’s been humble he’s stayed who he was since he got famous. This video is a serious matter..he’s telling his story obviously he’s not gonna be serious at all times. He’s a happy, humble, overall good person. Everyone makes mistakes we’re all human nobody’s perfect. You’re intitiled to your opinion but I’ve been a fan sinse day 1 and always will be. He’ll most definitely go down in history just like Michael Jackson did…as the best entertainer of our time.

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    Sebastian Reply:

    @Nick Faraci, You’re a fool if you believe that. How’s Fortune doing? Mike never had a flop album.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Sebastian, yes he did…Blood on the Dance Floor flopped…

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  3. JamJam

    Chris Brown has come a long way…..keep up the hard work because your music definitely puts a smile on my face and I can relate to your lyrics :) Don’t judge me song is of the chain people in London are really into it

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  4. CITY

    HE SEEMS LIKE A KOOL A** NI**A

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  5. Will

    Legend in the making

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  6. Bri

    this dude is pur fake and garbage

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    Love Reply:

    @Bri, and why is he fake?

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    Hov Reply:

    @Bri, your face is fake and garbage you dumb broad all that make up you wear and you calling him fake lol – hov

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    Future_not_PAST Reply:

    @Hov, Lol I Love You

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  7. Ayla Maurice Brown

    This is the reason why I look up to this guy, a lot of people judge him on what happened in 2009 but this video just proves how real and honest Chris Brown is

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  8. Yup

    No Chris, the most defining moment in your career was when you hit Rihanna let’s be real. Congrats on the success I’m not taking that away from you but if you would have never hit her you would be in a much better place now.

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  9. kluv12

    MAN I DNT CARE WHAT NOBODY SAYS FAKE PERSON OR NOT HE HAS A BIG HEART NONE OF YALL NO WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSE DOORS IN HYS LIFE WHEN CAMERAS OR NOT AROUND AND THAT GOES ON FOR ALL OF THE CELEBRITES YALL THINK IS SO PERFECT AND DONT ANYTHING WRONG CHRIS BROWN IS THE BEST HE KEEPS HYS HEAD UP HIGH ND JUS FOCUS ON FANS MUSIC AND HYS FAMILY ND GOD!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Sharp Tongue

    Nice piece yet he turns around do some dumb shit.

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  11. Navy shiid

    Very proud of Chris keep going sir :)

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  12. Wonderland

    Proud of this guy.

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  13. TunechiHeat3

    I Wish He JustWent Back To Being The Old Chris Brown Who Was Humble Now He’s A Straight Douche Bag How He Acts In Interviews Is Totally Different Then how He Act Every Where Else I Know He’s Human And People Go Threw Things But Theres No Reason To Act Like That

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    Hov Reply:

    @TunechiHeat3, shut up faggot – hov

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    Future_not_PAST Reply:

    @TunechiHeat3, How Is He Acting Different??? Because He’s More Serious??

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  14. Tred23

    I love him and always have !!… I think he’s come a long way as far as maturing as a person and just staying humble. he really is a great artist and will go much farther in life.. I just wish people would just realize that and stop condemning him for his mistakes.. regardless, we are all human and mess up

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  15. @Brass_knucklez

    lmao that was NOT him singing his eye is on the sparrow. Lmao stop it. please.

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  16. Tracie

    Great interview, great guy.

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  17. krystian

    Chris I can’t wait to see you in Poland. I’ll be on your concert. You’re my idol.

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    Drew Reply:

    @krystian, If Chris Brown is your idol, Poland obviously doesn’t have many role models.

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  18. Bryan

    Great vid, just what i needed.. Inspiration. @bryanmassa

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  19. Sandy

    Grate interview chris, loved it! The new song’dont judge me is grate and I pray that those haters outer come to forgiving and to see that u made a mistake and learnt from it. I believe u have a wonderful heart so pls keep u what u r doing. God bless!

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  20. Victoria

    Lord, I remember Chris when he wasn’t all controversial and tatted and was actually humble and genuine. I feel so old.

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  21. andrea malone

    I LOVE U KNOW MATTER WHAT I’M YOUR FAN 100% TO THE END CAUSE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THE REAL YOU N I LOVE U FOR WHO U ARE N I TALK BOUT U ALL THE TIME

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    Rachel Reply:

    @andrea malone, LMAO….do you know him personally? No? Then you’re no different from the rest of the fans.

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  22. Aynonymous

    I,of course, love chris but what about Naya Rivera?

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  23. Musiclady

    Chris was very wwonderful dance, singer, talent and movie. He was good job. Please positive himself. I hope Chris and Rihanna is good friend.

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  24. Sharon

    I loved this show! It was cool 2 just c him talking, instead of being grilled by sum one-sided interviewer.

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  25. Meme

    I really like him. I agree at times he doesn’t seem the humblest but I think is a genuinely a great person.

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  26. Patsy Lindsey

    I’m a fan from the beginning to the end Iove his music he’s very talented nobody can take that away from him keep doing your thing haters please go away

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  27. The-Truth

    All those girls look like an idiot cheering for a woman beater.

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    JayyThePleaser Reply:

    @The-Truth, that makes you look immature if you label him as that if Rihanna can forgive him then I don’t see why everyone else can’t like what are you so worked up about it didn’t happen to you

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    Brandon Reply:

    @JayyThePleaser, Did you even watch the video? Chris said he can’t hate people for judging him. If his detractors don’t phase him, why are you taking up for someone you don’t even know? And, most importantly, if anything, you make yourself look immature for defending his actions.

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    this Guy Reply:

    @The-Truth, He only beat a woman 1 DAMN TIME! FUCK YOU! and leave it alone -______-

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    Zayn Reply:

    @this Guy, Lmfao..”only.” So, that makes it acceptable in your eyes? Fucking idiot.

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  28. JayyThePleaser

    I feel that if your a true Chris brown fan you wouldn’t just stop liking him yes he’s changed but what did you expect he wasn’t going to be the same little boy singing “Yo excuse me miss” forever and you can’t really judge him because you don’t know what goes on in his life when the cameras aren’t up I’m not saying that he has always made good decisions but some his actions may be the only way he can stay stong and do what he needs to do to get through the day and if you dont like it then you were never a true fan in the first place and all i know is as a true fan I will always support Team Breezy until the day I die no matter what

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  29. Music Fan

    have you ever seen Beyoncé in an interview? she is completely shy and humble but in her videos she is very aggressive. The same applies to all other stars. it is all an act when you are performing in the video.

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  30. princess

    Nobody has a rght 2 judge anybody except 4 God.we all make mistakes bt wts best abt dat is dat we learn n grow frm dem,so chris please continue gvng us grt music,love d song dnt judge me its off d hook.big ups

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  31. @HopeFaithDrive

    I love Chris Brown!! He is real and no one could ever judge something so authentic!

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  32. Andy V

    I don’t really know what it is that you people be critisizin about,in ma eyes some of ya’ll are ungrateful,chris breezy is the greatest Artist this earth has ever seen pure talent,makes something fromnothing everyday of his life,and he is human just like you, judge him and u aint neva gon be sumthin in your whole life,coz u are unable to appreciate greatness

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    Yasmine Reply:

    @Andy V, The greatest artist this Earth has ever seen? LMAOOO! Ever heard of Michael Jackson? Whitney Houston? Freddie Mercury?

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  33. Monsurat

    I luv chris Brown,i dnt wish to be his girlfrind cos its might not last,but i wish to be part of his relatives,i mean his immediate family,i wish i can just touch him or hold him.luv you so much ,keep during its like a real nigga.

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  34. Lonni Love

    Man people need to grow up if you don’t like the dude why watch him and follow him. You don’t know his life or what he been through everyone make mistakes dont judge him if you haven’t heard we were built to make mistakes before we learn from them. It’s a slang crawl before you walk. You think he cares if you think he is a joke your opinion doesn’t matter because you don’t make him. Get a life folks stop living in the past the clock is steady turning and Tokyo guys are still in the same position miserable.
    Keep doing you Chris Brown and keep growing and succeeding in your success keep striving hirer and hirer and God will continue to bless. …… . Love Peace and Happiness!!

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  35. Monique

    I’ve watched Chris since he came out at the age of 16 . He was a young man and now he’s a man. The difference is. That his life is being recorded. He’s made mistakes as we. All have. He has worked hard to show he knows what he. Did. was wrong. What. we all have to remember is only god. can judge us. Let that. man. Live his life. There are so many things you haters dont. know. about him. He is a very humble person. He. never. Forgets. To thank his fans. He volunteers and. Gives. Back to. The community. He has apologized so many times. But It’s. Never. enough. His talent and his drive got him to where he is. Stop judging him.

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  36. wait !!!!!

    no matter what u did iwill alwayes love you u r the best

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  37. clazzy

    anyway Chris I never liked any of your songs until when I gat admitted into the university and it was with you that was playing so i gave it a chance in me. its cool and beautiful. i like yeah and look at me now but I hate falling angel to d last cuz it terrified me in d dream

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  38. CBE

    The illuminati/Establishment got to him, they tried to destroy the kid…I dont get why he is going back with Rihanna but she is releasing material so it makes sense to use Chris. Rihanna one of the controlled puppets, Chris should watch himself or gonna end up like MJ “My greatest Idol” they might have killed him but his soul is free.

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  39. Johnson Asiphe

    Breezy is just a homie with gud music.Honestly i realy love your music….keep it up…

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  40. rsCBfan

    Enjoyed watching this so much. I’ve never met Chris but I can tell he is a really nice guy and MULTITALENTED. Handsome, Great voice, dancer, actor, artist and athletic. And he really cares about his fans. Very happy to see him enjoying some of life’s finer things. One can only imagine that the celebrity’s life can be difficult and stressful at times. Wishing him continued good health so he can keep doing what he loves -that will keep his fans happy. And that Tappahanock aerial shot was beautiful!

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  41. Rebecca Doyle

    He inspires me so much. The music industry and the world just wouldnt be the same without him,love you Chris!

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  42. shawn

    If your hating and don’t like him for really only one reason, no one is perfect we all make mistakes. So if you hate him because he made one mistake then you must hate yourself. I’m sure everyone has made one or more meaningful mistake in their life’s but people deserve a second chance and cb has his not only with the public clearly with rihanna too seeing how she took him but..either your jealous of what he has become with his 2nd chance or you just have no life and need something/someone to hate. I idolize him because he is an AMAZing singer, songwriter, dancer, director, artist, and he has a really creative mind. So what I’m saying is everyone deserves a 2nd chance and u should really understand who he is as a person b4 u listen to what the media says !

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  43. Samantha

    He is a true inspiration and amazing at what he does, his talent outweighs any of ya’lls hating #TeamBreezyFoLife!!! wish him nothing but success!!

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  44. Rachael Duncan

    chris is such an inspiration to everyone, he truely loves his fans and his journey is what made the man that he is today. He inspires me to sing with every song he makes, Love you chris!

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  45. Diamond

    Luv it…My sexy baby!!!

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  46. Stre3t Danc@

    The real Chris Brown!

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  47. Rose4rmDallas

    People make mistakes and sh*t happens. Get over it. Obviously, if you are a real fan you will be happy to see him overcome obstacles and continue to succeed, as you would do with anyone you care about! It’s the experience and journey in life that makes his music grow finer w/time. People quit being so hateful and spend your time and energy doing something better for yourself or your community.

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  48. shame on this Wanda Sykes lookin ho

    lmao, this douche bag is a disgrace to all black men. Get a lil publicity and act like a dick because of it. Don’t forget when his album sales didn’t meet his expectations he held a twitter block party and blocked his fans, he don’t give a damn about his fans, believe me! smh I was one of the very fans that bought the album and still got blocked.

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    Monty Reply:

    @shame on this Wanda Sykes lookin ho, Wait … he blocked people who tweeted him or just went on a random, manic spree?

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  49. stephanie

    hi chris brown. i can totally relate to your story. i love to sing and dance. i mean i truly wake up with singing on my mind and go to sleep with it on my mind. my mom always tell me you have a beautiful voice but i am totally afraid to let other people hear it because i worry about the negative comments. watching this episode of your life give me inspiration of to live up to my dream, i think its my calling to sing.

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    Chris Brown Reply:

    @stephanie, It’s not your calling to sing.

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  50. tara

    i loved it, it made me want to cry!!! i’ll always stand behind Chris!! i may not like that “thing” he is with, but if she makes him happy well ok!!! Chris is a beautiful person his heart is in the right place he has to do what makes him happy!!!love you CB!!!

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  51. Jay

    That was awesome! I really liked that a lot. CB is the man!!! :)

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  52. Latinzia

    all ya’ll talkin bout this boy’s a douche or is fake are sad, hard hearted, unhappy and incredibly judgemental people. your lives must be a mess the way ya’ll go on.

    he fucked up, granted. but he’s showing the world he wants to be a better person and change and does this for ALL to see, by the way!!! it baffles me that ya’ll gave no fucks that Charlie Sheen did what he did and unashamedly claimed he was ‘winning’. instead,to ya’ll he WAS “winning”. now here comes a young talented, remorseful, scared and humble man giving his all to the ACTUAL person he hurt, ASWELL as the rest of the hateful public and ya’ll spit in his face with no legit reasoning. just cos ya’ll want some freak show, like ya’lls lives? sit down. ya’ll some hateful individuals. hating is not a talent, its a disease

    if anything, his efforts, talent, hard work and courage to grow his presence in all the relevant industries of his arts make him a boss. his heart’s bigger than all yours and from the hard ass past he came from and the story that he just told in this snippet of a video you should only be proud and then inspired to do right in your your own lives. cos your lives sure as HELL aint as well achieved as his. if they were you’d be optimistic his path is clearing up

    Get it Chris. they cant touch you in this lifetime.

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  53. choose class

    I fl lyk u tlng my story chris.Da only way to mk it,is to go thru darkness n pain.n pple strt to judge by luking.I grew up dancing n my voice startd to embrace as well bt the thng is I dnt hv too mch spport to gv my talent,coz I alwys blv I owe da world n it owes me nothng,dats y I wana gv my talent,my skillz n my gift 4rm GOD.now CHRIS,wat wuld u b doing if it wsnt 4 singing?,do u thnk u wuld hv bn going thru with da same issues as now?,n if NO,y going thru dem now.

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  54. tymosaunders

    i love chris brown soo much .. Ima be there withu all the way!!!!! we r humans of cousre we are going to make mistakes thats what makes us humans!!!! love you chris!!!

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  55. SquaLLeTTe

    Who are u so you permit yourself to juge people, what are your qualifications? people like u pissing me off.
    I like his music,it’s all that matter. His personal life is his own business, so keep the good work C.B.(from a french)^^

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  56. SimplyMecca

    Chris Brown you’re amazing and talented. Your music has gotten me through the toughest moments of my life and I thank you because there are very few artists now who can’t even do that. No matter what anyone has said or do say about you continue to make your mark in this world. People need to stop focusing on your personal life and start focusing on your music and the good person you really are.ILY Breezy

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  57. Valentine$

    Still love u man…..all the way!!!!

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  58. dee

    Pliz don’t judge him and he won’t judge u

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  59. Jackson Kimanzi

    men…u r amazing one hell of a guy,i look upto u i wish i will be apperiated just the way i am…i luv u uuuuuuuuuh….

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