In just five days, Chris Brown will release his sixth album X. The star-studded set features appearances from Usher, Rick Ross, Brandy, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jhené Aiko, R. Kelly, Trey Songz, and Kendrick Lamar, who appears on the dark ballad “Autumn Leaves,” produced by B.A.M. and RoccStar.
A somber Breezy sings about the demise of a relationship: “Before I sleep I talk to God / He must be mad with me, it’s coming / I’m confused who I’ll spend my forever with.”
K-Dot shares words of wisdom on his introspective verse. “When you make mistakes the most, one day it will make you grow,” he raps.
“I picked Kendrick because his subject matter as a lyricist is beyond everybody else’s,” Chris told Rolling Stone. “There’s a substance to what he says.”
X arrives September 16. Listen to their chilling collaboration below.
In the past year, Chris Brown has shied away from the press. But in anticipation of his upcoming sixth album X on September 16, the R&B superstar broke his silence to Billboard in an exclusive interview.
While putting the finishing touches on X at Chalice Recording Studios in Hollywood, the “Loyal” singer opened up about life behind bars. He said that he did not write any songs while incarcerated (“Jail isn’t a place of many creative spirits”), and instead passed his time by drawing and sketching.
He described his 108 days in custody as a “humbling experience,” and learned to appreciate his loved ones (and even simple things like food).
He admitted that he has made mistakes, but doesn’t want to be defined by his troubled past. “I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can,” said Brown. “I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”
Plus, find out what he had to say about his relationship with Rihanna and whether he considers himself a role model.
After getting the remix treatment from Lil’ Kim, French Montana, and Jeezy, Bobby Shmurda drops the official remix to his single “Hot Nigga” featuring Chris Brown, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Yo Gotti, and Rowdy Rebel.
Over the Jahlil Beats production, Fab reps for the BK and Jada shouts out D-Block, but it’s Breezy’s verse that packs the most punch.
“Fresh up out the county, I done did a little bid / Let the po-pos run up on me, I won’t tell them coppers shit,” he raps, adding, “You keep talkin’ that shit, I’ll knock you out / A ni**a be pickin’ you up off of the ground for thinking you Tupac.”
Who had the best verse? Listen and weigh in below.
As he gears up for the release of his sixth album X on September 16, Chris Brown graces the latest issue of Billboard. A blonde Breezy dons a fedora and bares his tatted chest on the cover, which includes the quote: “Maybe I was out of control.”
In his first post-jail interview, Brown speaks about X, life behind bars, Rihanna, and moving past his troubles.
“I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure,” he said.
“I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”
In the last four months, August Alsina has topped the R&B charts with his debut Testimony, won two BET Awards, and is currently headlining his first tour. Rap-Up TV caught up with the 21-year-old New Orleans crooner during the L.A. stop of his “Testimony Live” tour at the House of Blues to discuss his wins including a collaboration with Nicki Minaj on his latest single “No Love.”
He was the one who reached out to Nicki, and it turns out she was a big fan of the song. The two recently shot a video with director Benny Boom.
“Nicki was very, very deeply involved with this one in particular, as far as the video goes,” said August. “She had a vision for it and she really, really is a big fan of the record, which was real important to me because it makes it that much more special.”
While he hasn’t started work on his sophomore album, August plans to incorporate his new experiences. “I haven’t really stepped foot into the studio yet,” he said. “I’m outchea workin’, outchea livin’ a little more, so I guess when I do step in, I have a few things to talk about. It’s just a new world, new life, new livin’, new experiences. I’m gettin’ older. I wanna make sure I take my time with it and actually be in a place where I can put my all and my everything into the studio.”
He recently collaborated with Chris Brown on DJ Khaled’s single “Hold You Down,” and there may be more collaborations to come. “Chris is the bro. That’s the homie,” he said. “I was just with him the other day going through music and I think that type of shit just naturally happens or naturally comes about ’cause we kick it more than anything and then it’s like, ‘Oh, shit ni**a. I got this song. Wanna hop on it?’ We’ve been vibin’ to some shit, so you never know.”
Plus, hear him weigh in on the Michael Brown shooting.
After much anticipation and several delays, Chris Brown has revealed the tracklisting for his sixth album X via iTunes.
The follow-up to 2012′s Fortune includes the platinum hit “Loyal” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga and “New Flame” with Usher and Rick Ross.
The 17-track standard edition features appearances from Jhené Aiko, Trey Songz, R. Kelly, Akon, and Kendrick Lamar, with production from Diplo, Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Danja, and Drumma Boy.
The deluxe adds four songs including “Fine China,” “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj, and the Aaliyah-assisted “Don’t Think They Know.”
“I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop,” Breezy toldRolling Stone last year. “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.”
X arrives September 16. See the star-studded lineup below.