R&B singer Chris Brown is finally opening up about his upcoming sixth studio album called, “X,” while addressing why the media has been tuning him for the longest. Plus, the singer claims he’s now an open book and brand new!
During an interview with MTV news last week inside his Southern California studio, Brown explained why he’s through trying to explain himself via social media and is ready to let his music do all the talking.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I think it’s smarter as an entertainer and as a leader,” he said, trying to leave behind last year’s Twitter tussle with a female comedian and February’s lengthy Instagram rant. “I have to think logically. When I’m too attainable, it makes me too down. Now I express it through my music and through my paintings as well. What I want to talk about comes out, and the beat fills in the rest. All of it coexists with my reality now. I’m an open book. I think the way my life is, people want to know all the time, so I have to let them know through my music.”
He then added:
“As for the army of critics,..I’m saying, ‘You can start a fight, but why? I came to party. Why trip off the bullsh– when I’m on the good sh–?’ “
The “Fortune” singer also talked about what fans can expect from his new single, which off the new album:
“For the first single, I wanted to go more nostalgic, bring Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke to it, but also bring a new sound to what my audience and fans are listening to,” he said. “For this album, I wanted to have the same mentality as I did with the first album — me being green, me not thinking I know what’s hot and what’s next, me just being Chris Brown.
I think this will show my vocal ability a lot more. I’ve developed a falsetto, I can sing at a higher register, and I can elaborate more on my skill.”
And while he’s keeping a majority of his collabo wish-list under wraps, Brown reveals that rapper Kendrick Lamar will lend a verse to “Autumn Leaves,” one of the smoothest songs on the album.
“If you’re in your car just riding, it’s perfect. It just feels like a weather record — an emotional record,” he said of the slowed-down selection with a bass line that sounds like a heartbeat. “I feel a certain way when I hear it.”
“Add Me In” is a cute, clever offering that makes mathematics a metaphor for love. “Your love is trigonometry/ Just trying to solve the whole equation,” he sings on the track. Produced by Danja, it’s more of a throwback with an industrial sound that Brown calls “old-school with a new-age feel.”
Brown says, the title track (produced by Diplo) is an enigma from the start, blending 80s with a trance-like, dubstep buildup.
“If you’re only as good as the company you keep/ I’ll keep my secrets in a safe house,” he coos before the building beat drops and he declares, “I swear to God, I’m moving on!’
“It’s a pop song, but it’s still hip-hop,” Brown said of “X.” “Pop producers added hip hop to it to make it more epic.”
Lastly, he also explains what’s behind that cryptic title?
“The song and the album title ‘X’ has a couple different meanings,” he explained. “It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from. It’s also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time — it’s me saying, ‘I’m over it. I’m past the bullsh– now.'”
Plus, album is slated to drop in August.
Spotted at MTV News