Chris Brown Talks Rihanna and Karrueche, Turning Down Oprah, & His Legacy with Angie Martinez

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A year ago, Chris Brown had sworn off interviews, but now he’s everywhere and telling all. The R&B superstar sat down with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 for yet another promo stop on his road to X.

No topic was off limits—from his love triangle with Rihanna and Karrueche Tran to his beefs with Drake and Frank Ocean to why he won’t do an interview with Oprah. A carefree Chris also shared his plans to shoot 10 music videos and release them by the time his sixth album drops in July or August.

Read highlights from their candid conversation below.

On why he put out a video last fall addressing his love triangle with Rihanna and Karrueche: “I wanted to be more of a man. Me being young, even with relationships in the past, I did a lot of lying, I did everything just to make sure nobody gets hurt in the process. I just don’t feel it’s necessary anymore in my life. Nobody can hate me for being honest. I had to just be brutal. I told both of them that the video was coming out. … I’m not trying to be a player. It’s never an easy situation to tell another person that you still love another person, so that’s kinda difficult. But our friendship, me and Karrueche’s friendship, is still cool. We’re still good friends.”

On whether Rihanna is cool with him being friends with Karrueche: “Yeah, to a degree…”

On Drake: “Me and him don’t see eye to eye. We never gonna see eye to eye, so you go your way, I’ma go mine.”

On whether Rihanna has issues with Drake: “I don’t really try to talk about him when I’m around her. I just lay the pipe.”

On Frank Ocean: “I think it’s a lot of strategies people try to use when they’re up for awards. It’s a sympathy role. I don’t have to go that route. I just do my music, do my thing. For him, it’s whatever. Love your music, bro. Have fun.”

On doing an interview with Oprah: “I’ve been invited, I just say no at this point. I’ll go to people that I’m comfortable with. I never wanna be in a situation where I feel like I’m attacked or I’m gonna be trapped. I think I’m paying for whatever I’ve done and I’ve learnt from it and I’m moving forward, so I only want to surround myself with the people that are about positivity.”

On his X plans: “I’m trying to do 10 videos because my album is X. I’m gonna do 10 videos and I’m gonna start shooting them before the album comes out. When the album drops, I drop all 10 videos so you see the visuals with the actual songs that you’ll love.”

On the “Law & Order” episode inspired by his relationship with Rihanna: “I didn’t even watch it ’cause I feel like it was ignorance. I feel like they were reaching.”

On whether Rihanna is his soul mate: “To a degree, yeah. Before I was madly in love with her and when I lost her, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know what I’ma do.’”

On his legacy: “I just want to be a legend. I think my [goal] now is just to make my mark in the game as just an established artist and just a real artist and a culture ambassador. I feel like I’m just getting successful. I think the hard part is over. I went through the obstacles that God kinda made me go through so I could be humble.”

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46 Comments

  1. Bobbuilder

    Good Interview Breezy. Well done! Keep the honesty thing going.

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  2. My name is oo

    Phuck rihoena!

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    Dr. Archbishop Oprah Reply:

    @My name is oo, “rihoena”? Really?? That was a reach and a half. Hope u didnt hurt yourself

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    Sara Reply:

    @Dr. Archbishop Oprah, Lol, right! They stay making up names for her. She gives no f*cks.

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  3. linda

    wow. impressed! =)

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  4. Daa

    Good Chris !

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  5. tam

    I really want breezy to win! pulling for him and so far impressed with his candour and frankness. He seems to be in a good spce right now. Can’t wait to see #FineChina

    it’s clear he’s heels in love with Rihanna! who knew that he told both rihanna and Karuecche that he was puttnng out that video, lmao!

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  6. Sharp Tongue

    OK!!! That’s good for him, but then he turns around with something stupid.

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  8. Yo

    Chris Brown is a dick.

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  10. MRB

    Good interview! Chris Brown is in a much better place and its good to see him moving pass the craziness! I hope is reaches his goal as a legend because he is very talented!

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  11. Hov

    LMAO he was straight up

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  12. Frankie

    It’s funny because Chris already has a Grammy yet he’s still shading Frank Ocean lol. If that’s the case, the. Elton John, Gaga and other LGBT stars used their sexuality for awards too smh. Frank was probably gonna win those Grammys anyway because channel Orange was so critically acclaimed and No Church in the Wild was amazing. I have nothing against people who aren’t straight, but thank God I am because coming out can’t be easy…and then, this is the kind of ignorance you have to put up with from people who are envious.

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    JHP Reply:

    @Frankie, He didn’t mean Frank was using his sexuality for awards, he meant Frank was acting like Chris was the one who attacked him and started the altercation so he could play this victim role and earn sympathy from everyone

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    olga Reply:

    @Frankie, Idk. you sound pretty gayy to me.

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    okay Reply:

    @olga,

    and just like that, you disqualified your opinion.

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    Shunteria Reply:

    @Frankie, He did not say anything about his sexuality he mentioned he used sympathy to convince people to think that he didnt somehow antagonize Chris and paint Chris as a bully. We all know that Frank is affiliated with Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator who was seeking beef from Chris. I think since Frank knew he was getting the recognition last year that it was the perfect timing to use that platform to try and kick Chris while he was down by playing like he was the victim of an attack when he provoked the situation.

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  14. too cool

    he said he “just lay the pipe”… dicking rih down lmaooo

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  16. hones_T

    “I just lay the pipe.” – seriously? Like really?! smh

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    CoolieJ Reply:

    @hones_T,

    Ok!… I was with him until he said that. Talk about disrespect. I wish a bitch would.

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  17. WTF

    So basically hes afraid of Oprah then bc she told Riri that he wont ever chage. As far as the law and order show it wasnt ignorance, if thats all u saw then the message that domestic violence is wrong didnt even sink in.

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    Jazzy Reply:

    @WTF, He probably said the Law and Order episode is ignorance and that they were reaching, because nobody knows the WHOLE situation of what happened between he and Rihanna…they only went by what was released through the media.

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  19. demetrie

    Its funny people big this guy up and rant and praise him that shit is wild he literally beat the shit out of a chick and now you’ll want him to win ots pretty obvious nobody is picking on him its funny notice everybody he has gotten into it with has had no problems with anybody else but he has this dudes a unremorseful punk plain and simple

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  22. demetrie

    I’m so sick of these interviewers allowing him to point fingers at others when its pretty easy to see this guy is always in the wrong and he is upset with drake over a female he battered and bruise smh this is ridiculous

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  23. ree ree

    i love u chris f##k the haters hi rihanna!

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  24. Gainey65

    Wishing this young man the best, nice interview cheering for Rihanna & Chris.

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  25. Lydia

    I am impressed, love you and RiRi always

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  27. JanuaryShytown

    Phuck the Haters! Haters are always going to hate and judge. They hate because the hatred is within the very core of their soul. They judge because they don’t know forgiveness the same way it shall not be given to them! Chris Brown, a lot of us are behind you! We got your back! Keep it up with the honesty. Do positive things with your live from here on. Keep putting your all into your music. The past is the past, if the haters out there cannot accept your numerous apologies, that’s their problem. It’s what you do with your future that matters in the long run. Stay positive, keep helping the youth, the disabled, the troubled, the inspring youth. Keep helping out domestic violence agencies with your Symphonic Love Foundation. Give back, always remember to give back, its what real people will keep in their hearts. Chris, keep moving forward and stay on that path to positiveness, let the world see that although people can make mistakes, some bigger than others, you can learn from those mistakes and be a better person for it. Keep moving forward, keep the positive attitude, do positive things with your life, both you and Rihanna! We wish you the Best! Angie Martinez, good interview! Luving you girl!

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    Candance Reply:

    @JanuaryShytown, You sound angry.

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  28. DRB

    Lay the pipe, cause all of the tri state area needed to hear that.
    You’re afraid of Oprah because she won’t let you off the hook for what you did.
    Frank is a “better artist” than you.
    Your “obstacles” were self imposed so basically “thank god he allowed me to beat her up and finally get my PR straight to overcome it.”

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  29. SP

    Chris u a great guy f**K the haters

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  30. Ursula

    He sounds so jealous of Frank.

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  33. bapqtpie1984

    man, i think him doing an interview with Oprah would be a good thing. Of course she would ask the tough questions, but he seems like he’s in a better place now to address those questions. I would say use her show to fully address the 2009 incident for the last time…..like Janet did with the whole superbowl wardrobe malfunction. cause even though it happened in 2009, he’s still getting asked about it while trying to promote his album. but who knows, he’ll probably sit down with her later in his career like MJ did after he stopped doing interviews for a while. I have a feeling his interview with Oprah could be much bigger than her interview with Bieber.

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  34. kate

    legend? hahahahahahahaha looooooooool lmaoooooooooooo your music is gimik

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