Chris Brown Calls on Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar for ‘X’

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Chris Brown is leaving the drama behind and focusing on his music. The R&B superstar has previewed new material from his upcoming sixth album X, which includes collaborations with Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar.

The 23-year-old singer has enlisted hitmakers Polow Da Don, Timbaland, Pharrell, Drumma Boy, and Danja for the project, which marks a departure from his past work.

“I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop,” he told Rolling Stone at a listening session in L.A. “Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes. I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now. There’s a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune. I really wanted to demonstrate my vocal ability, creating the vibe of me singing along with a band.”

Kendrick Lamar will be featured on the somber ballad “Autumn Leaves.” “I wanted to—not rattle the hip-hop world, but have people appreciate [that choice] like, ‘I didn’t expect that, but dang, that’s dope,’” he said. “I picked Kendrick because his subject matter as a lyricist is beyond everybody else’s. There’s a substance to what he says. It’s also fun to experience the ambitions and aspirations of a younger artist who’s just learning how the game works.”

He has also recorded another duet with his on-again girlfriend Rihanna, but he’s unsure if it will make the cut.

“When we did ‘Nobody’s Business’ we actually did another song for my album called ‘Put It Up,’” he told the Los Angeles Times. “I wanted to do an R&B record with Rihanna. I didn’t want to do the pop stuff, I wanted to do something that people aren’t used to hearing.”

Other tracks include the autobiographical club banger “X,” produced by Diplo, electro jam “Lady in the Glass Dress,” and “Add Me In,” an uptempo record helmed by Danja.

The first single, “Fine China,” is described as a “retro-dipped R&B love ode” and was produced by Leon “RoccStar” Youngblood Jr. It is set for release on April 1, while X is due later this summer.

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51 Comments

  1. Still Amazin

    Yay!!! Nobody’s Business seemed to be more of Chris’ sound. Hopefully “Put It Up” is a great love song which I’m sure everyone can relate to.

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  2. QueenBeyonce

    Cant wait Put it up should make the cut thats a song everyone will want to hear Im loving it already and i didnt even hear anything yet

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  3. JHP

    This album sounds like it’s going to be really good. The way Chris described the album, it sounds like the kind of music I’ve been wanting him to make for awhile. His last great album was “Exclusive”, “Grafitti” & “Fame” were alright, but not that impressive, and “Fortune” was terrible. I’m glad he’s abandoning the euro sound and going back to his urban roots. This might be the first CB project in a couple years I actually get excited for

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  4. Stre3t Danc@

    This album is going to be basically… EVERYTHING!!! “Fine china” – April 1st!

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  5. turquoise.

    I’m actually looking forward to this shit! I haven’t purchased a CB album since Exclusive!!

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  6. Tevin

    He may actually regain some followers if he’s going back to R&B roots.

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  7. B-Rad

    Once again… He imitates and copies like he always does ONCE AGAIN!! Nothing new… Sounds Completely Identical to what somebody just released last week with the initials of (J.T.)… Coincident NOPE I THINK NOT!

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    Hov Reply:

    @B-Rad, ur a dumbass, the entire album was produced by timbo only

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @Hov, Hmmmmm That’s Interesting cuz I’m looking at JT’s album and the book inside and seen that Justin Timberlake Executive Produced his own album with his “OWN” production group “The Y’s” along with Timberland… So Me Dumb Nah, But You Ignorant and Stupid, That suits you better… POW!!!

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  8. bosschick

    Cant wait!!!!

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  9. yung raw

    @b-rad Chris ain’t never bit off nobody style and usually I’d lose my temper and call you out your name but I’m grown and ill assume you are so can we just minimize the hate I know its a free country and I don’t know you and don’t really want to so fell how ant about him but why waste time out of your life to throw shade at him if you don’t like him

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @yung raw, You Got To Be Dumb as Hell to Think that… His Whole career is a Big Melting pot of Michael Jackson, Usher, JT and others… “Wall to Wall” (Thriller Meets Blade), “Yo” (Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel” Turn Up The Music” Ne-Yo’s (Beautiful Monster) and that’s just the videos along… So bit off Nah… He Stole! Stay Pressed

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  10. Miguel

    LOL …and I JUST said in the Usher post on here that Chris is gonna be the next one to “go back to basics”. It’s not a bad idea at all but I just think it’s funny how they’re deciding to suddenly switch it up. You can’t tell me Miguel, Frank & most recently Justin T. didn’t influence this. These boys got them shook… LOL

    P.S. Up next Ne-Yo!

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    Wow Reply:

    @Miguel, I was saying the same thing! Before they were calling that pop crap real music and once Miguel and Frank won the Grammy’s while JT goes platinum in 2 weeks, now they wanna jump back on. They didn’t care about the essence of R&B when it wasn’t selling. They switched to pop. Now that the three you mentioned showed that real music is marketable, here they come. It’ll be interesting to see what their sales will be.

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    King Makers Reply:

    @Miguel, er..not possible! I disagree!

    cos Grammys was in Feb. & he couldn’t have guessed that Frank & Miguel will win a grammy nor did he know how JT’s album will sell.

    I think the album “X” was inspired by his fans who complained about too much pop songs. I am sure he knows that he didn’t loose any fans to neither, JT, Frank not Miguel.

    Every song that features Breezy is poppin’ so its all about the next level for Breezy plus he has an army of artist that can do pop and hiphop better.

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    Miguel Reply:

    @King Makers,
    Nominations for the Grammy’s went out many months before Feb. & everyone was already on Frank and Miguel the year before. So therefore he STILL could’ve been influenced by the return of R&B. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it because all of Chris’s albums besides his first have been very all-over-the-place and random AND commercial. I loved his 1st album because it made sense but all of the sudden now he wants to go back to “real music”. LOL

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    King Makers Reply:

    @Miguel,

    JT and Robin Thicke are similar musically.

    But I respect JT & Timbo cos they made this work.

    Breezy has more options & he needs time perfect it… he really needs to perfect it.

    JT & spent ages perfecting this song. (great vocals, & studio engineering)

    Breezy has to work on
    1) vocals
    2) subject matter (not always about sex)
    3) better brand implementation
    4) a better finished product (studio engineering
    5) more research on the genre b4 production & ideal sound & vocals…
    6) creative diversity & variety.
    7) work with producers that understand your brand like Timbo understandS JT

    But R&B is not the solution here, its just cos he doesn’t spend enough time with all these songs perfecting them.

    As for Miguel & Frank, the’ve just been lucky.

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    Mark London Reply:

    @King Makers, LOL!

    I completely agree. I think Miguel is good but not great. His album is not as good as some make it out. Also its not all RnB either.

    CB has a good RnB style. I wouldnt compare him to Frank or Miguel. Their music is just too different.

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    tune Reply:

    @King Makers, hell, Miguel got lucky, Frank had to come out the closet to get everyone to pay attention to him and his music

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  11. neickha

    Stay focused :)

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  12. Yuperz

    What a poser smh

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    Wow Reply:

    @Yuperz, going for that nostalgic sound like JT, Miguel, and Frank Ocean? I think so! Critics trashed his last album! We’ll see.

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    CBE Reply:

    @Wow, Let me let u in on something, this album is gonna be huge…many mainstream outlest have been all over him like thirsty dogs, the last time this happened was around exclusive, F.A.ME and Fortune Albums were struggle albums as he relied on management and fans for promotion and those albums didnt do so bad especially the 2011 F.A.M.E(sold close to 950,000 in US alone)PLATINUM WORLDWIDE.

    Fortune did 400 000 in us, so it was not that good but went gold worldwide.

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    CBE Reply:

    @CBE, lastly, sales arent everything I might add but in this day and age fans always seem to judge by commercial success..so there u go.

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    Mark London Reply:

    @CBE, Fortune singles did Fantastic in Europe. He had chart topping success in the UK. They still killing some of it on the radio over here.

    Thats why when Americans say its a flop people in Europe are puzzled because it was a big hit over this side of the world.

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  13. Zack

    The only thing i like about CB is the rap songs he always puts in, like Till I Die and Look At Me Now. Hope he can do the same with Kendrick!

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  14. CBE

    “X” seems like a promising album, I like that they chose August/September.

    Now they need to just use timing for the singles…if one is coming April and does well at least wait nearly two month period to let it play out before dropping another before the album comes out, most successful albums have 1,2 strong singles pushing the album before it comes out instead of rushing them in numbers.

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  15. ...

    You know what’s funny? How ungrateful and stupid y’all are. Chris came out when music wasn’t like it is today. You have to learn your way through the industry. Look at JT, he took time off. He studied music. He almost sold a million in one week. IT TAKES WORK. Miguel and Frank didn’t start doing the music they’re doing. There’s people from back in the day that paved a way for them. So if you really want to go by “poser” or “fake” or say “Miguel and Frank inspired Chris” call Frank and Miguel fake too. Especially since Miguel is a spitting image of Prince. MJ, Prince, all them paved a way. The men Chris mentioned in these interviews. SMH.

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  16. mumi

    It looks like he wants to approach JT’s new style with the orchestra, the soul and R&B vibes.

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @mumi, I knew I wasn’t the only one who noticed that lol…

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  17. Thamara

    can’t wait for this cb album!

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  18. wonderland19

    Yay!! Can’t wait! Bring on April 1st!

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  19. french lil song

    KING

    now he has to get rid of rihanna (who has no education) and get back with Karrueche .

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  20. marita

    cant wait for the album X……love you chris.

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  22. yung raw

    @B-rad you real tough calling me a dumb ass behind the computer but if I saw you on the street and bust your shit to the white meat you’d sue me like the little punk ass bitch you is Chris over any of them motherfuckers like fag ocean you listen to except trey,jt and Miguel they cool

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @yung raw, LOL!! Oh So now you upset because I called you out on Some true facts… Pathetic Human LMAO

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    Issa Reply:

    @yung raw, But umm….Frank is relevant, so what is your point? Lmfao

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  24. Miszi

    The album sounds promising. I love his pop songs but he is the best at R&B so it’s good to see him take that approach this time around. I’m especially curious how “Autumn Leaves” will sound.

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  25. Unk

    I can’t wait to hear what Timbo, Danja, Polow, Pharrell, and Diplo create for CB

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  26. white people don't bathe

    wheres that fat white bitch that tried to call him out on twitter? probably at the donut shop

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    french lil song Reply:

    @white people don’t bathe,

    what’s that name???? do you feel powerful beacuse you’re on a black blog? you are so ridiculous! shame on you and your family

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  27. yung raw

    @b-rad shut your bitch ass up cause I aint with the convo im a knuckele throwing knucklehead kudos to gun play I ain’t with the typing shit if you ever wanna throw some I let you know where I be and fly you out to beat that ass until your vital signs go *beep*

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @yung raw, I’m the Punk Bitch but you the one defending this dude like you and him got something going on… ROFLMAO…

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    ohwhenwegonhangout Reply:

    @yung raw, this is hilarious almost peed my pants reading this fam…lol

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    This Chris Brown has a lot of incredible producers and Chris really gave his soul on this one..first album of his I will ever buy…can’t wait until Fine Chyna Drops RoccStar is a beast on the writing and production so is Timbo and Diplo and the others crazy album it will win awards for sure

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  32. ahmed stevie phiri

    Music supposed to unite us, we all are waiting for this album and nomatter our views on the album are we will still repect one another..we all are different.I’m an upcoming producer so when I make beats for one of ma boys I know what he hates or what he likes and most of the time they are all based on experiences.peace yall ;)

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