Chris Brown

Sep
17
Review Roundup: Chris Brown – ‘X’

X

After a series of delays, Chris Brown’s long-awaited sixth album X finally arrives in stores this week. The star-studded set boasts over 10 appearances from artists including Brandy, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Rick Ross, and Trey Songz.

From his sex-drenched duet with R. Kelly on “Drown In It” to the brooding ballad “Autumn Leaves” with Kendrick Lamar, the follow-up to 2012′s Fortune embodies his diverse tastes.

But did X mark the spot with critics? The reviews are in.

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Sep
17
Chris Brown Freestyles Over ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Studio’

Chris Brown

With his sixth album X in stores, Chris Brown stopped by Power 106′s “Liftoff” show on Tuesday. The R&B crooner showed off his freestyle skills, rapping about booty, his red bandana, and his three Lambos over ScHoolboy Q’s “Studio.”

“Chillin’ in the south of France / St. Tropez, Nice, Monaco / But nothing compares to what’s in my pants,” boasts Breezy.

X is vying for No. 1 against Barbra Streisand on next week’s chart. According to HITS, the album is on track to sell 120,000 copies in its first week.

Trey Songz hit up Walmart to support his tourmate, purchasing all the remaining copies of his album.

Hear Breezy beast it out on the mic.

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Sep
16
Rap-Up TV: Teyana Taylor Talks ‘VII,’ Kanye West, & Chris Brown

Teyana Taylor will silence her critics when she releases her debut album VII on November 4. The project has been years in the making for the Harlem singer, who parted ways with Pharrell’s Star Trak/Interscope Records and signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music in 2012.

And no one could be more excited than Teyana herself. Rap-Up TV caught up with G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady backstage at August Alsina’s “Testimony Live” tour in L.A. to discuss the long-awaited release.

“It’s kinda hard because people don’t really know the politics behind the industry,” said Teyana. “Everybody is being impatient and so am I. I’m like, ‘I need answers now.’ I finally got an album. I’m just as excited as everybody else and I just hope everybody likes it.”

She has enlisted production from Bangladesh, Harmony, Boi-1da, Hit-Boy, and The Order, with appearances from Pusha T, Yo Gotti, Fabolous, and her friend Chris Brown, who appears on “Do Not Disturb.”

“It’s one of those slow animated songs,” she said of the Breezy duet, which she has been performing on tour.

Unlike her past situation, Kanye West has given her the freedom to do what she wants. “He definitely gives you that creative control. He kinda lets you do you and then you take your project to him,” said Teyana. “You have it all laid out and then he puts the icing and the candles and blows ‘em out and everything else.”

But she won’t hand in the album to Kanye until it’s perfect. “I’m a perfectionist just like him. He always says I’m a female version of him.”

In keeping with the title, VII will be packaged with seven visuals, which she plans to tease in the weeks ahead.

Sep
13
New Music: Chris Brown & Trey Songz – ‘Tuesday’ + ‘Made Me’ Remixes

Chris Brown and Trey Songz

Ahead of their upcoming joint tour, Chris Brown and Trey Songz team up on a pair of remixes. The R&B heartthrobs put their spin on ILoveMakonnen’s Drake-assisted single “Tuesday” as well as Snootie Wild and K Camp’s “Made Me.”

“Hit the club with my strap in case a ni**a wanna test me / My killas don’t know how to act / Snipe a ni**a like Wesley,” sings Breezy on “Tuesday.”

On “Made Me,” Chris practices safe sex. “100 condoms in the condo / I can have no babies,” he croons.

A few weeks ago, Chris posted several Vines of him and Trey recording these remixes as well as TeeFLii’s “24 Hours.” The tourmates have also collaborated on the R. Kelly-inspired “Songs on 12 Play” for Chris’ album X.

Hear what Breezy and Trigga have cooked up.

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Sep
13
Rap-Up TV: Jhené Aiko Talks ‘Drunk Texting’ with Chris Brown

Common, J. Cole, and Drake have all co-signed Jhené Aiko, and now Chris Brown is calling on the in-demand songstress. The two engage in some “Drunk Texting” on their intoxicating duet off Brown’s new album X.

With her own album Souled Out in stores, Rap-Up TV caught up with the L.A. native to find out how the collaboration came to be.

The singers have known each other since Chris released his 2005 debut, and things happened organically. “For me, I like to just do things that I really like. If I like the song, then I’ll do it,” said Jhené.

“They sent the song and it was easy. I just had to go in there and sing it with him. I actually recorded it in this tight schedule, but I really did enjoy the song and I felt like people are really gonna be singing this. They’re gonna relate to the song ’cause everyone of drinking age can relate to drunk texting.”

She’s been a CB fan since “Run It,” and admires his perseverance. “I’ve always been a fan of the music and just his drive to keep going despite everything that happens, and I feel like I can relate to that because it happens, especially in this industry,” she explained. “They’re gonna come after you, time and time and time, you’re always gonna be your mistakes in people’s eyes. But it’s not about that. At the end of the day, it’s about the music.”

Check back for more from our exclusive interview with Jhené next week.

Sep
12
Video: Chris Brown f/ Ariana Grande – ‘Don’t Be Gone Too Long’

Chris Brown and Ariana Grande

Chris Brown sparks a new flame with Ariana Grande in the long-awaited video for their pop-dance collaboration “Don’t Be Gone Too Long.” The medieval-themed clip, directed by Brown, was shot earlier this year, but was put on hold after Chris’ jail sentence.

The pop superstars show off their chemistry in the romantic scenes. Ariana plays a princess, who falls in love with Chris, but the kingdom does not approve of their relationship. Breezy is captured and locked away, but nothing can keep them apart. He eventually manages to escape and return to his love.

A version of the song without Ariana appears on Chris’ album X, which drops Tuesday.

Watch their forbidden love story unfold.

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Sep
12
Chris Brown Offers Advice to Ray Rice

Chris Brown and Ray Rice

Ray Rice has dominated the headlines after a video leaked showing him assaulting his then-fiancée and now wife Janay Rice. He has since been cut by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL.

MTV News asked Chris Brown, who was sentenced to five years of probation for assaulting Rihanna, what advice he would give to Rice or anyone dealing with domestic violence.

“I think it’s all about the choices you make,” said Breezy. “With me, I deal with a lot of anger issues from my past— not knowing how to express myself verbally and at the same time not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they are.”

He’s been able to move past his problems by seeking help. “I think help is great,” he added. “I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to…if I’m frustrated and I’m dealing with something, to vent and say what I’m going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person, ‘this is how you should react,’ or ‘it’s good to feel this way because feelings, emotions, and energy are supposed to come and go.’ It’s not supposed to stay there, you’re not supposed to keep it inside, because it’ll bottle up and you’ll become a monster.”

But he stopped short of passing judgement. “To Ray, or anybody else—because I’m not better than the next man—I can just say I’ve been down that road. I deal with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too, but it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.”

Hear Breezy’s advice for Rice below.

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