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R&B + CHRIS BROWN: TOP TEN SONGS YOU’VE (PROBABLY) NEVER HEARD

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After dropping a critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2005 that was deeply rooted in R&B, CHRIS BROWN was quickly given the daunting task of spearheading a new generation of a genre that houses such greats as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. In 2008, though, Brown released “Forever” – his first real venture into crossing over into the mainstream and the pop/dance/electro hit shot him into superstardom. Many felt this success signified the end of his career as an R&B artist and haven’t given him much acknowledgment in the genre since. I feel like this debate will always be relevant because Michael Jackson is considered one of the greatest of all time and he’s deemed The King of Pop yet his name is thrown in plenty of R&B conversations; Brown has traveled a similar path but is slandered constantly whenever he’s nominated at award ceremonies in the R&B categories.

God forbid he actually win an award, but he did in 2012 when he snagged the Grammy for Best R&B Album for 2011’s F.A.M.E. and beat out El Debarge, Ledisi, Kelly Price and R. Kelly. People said Chris hasn’t been R&B since he first came out and that he shouldn’t claim the genre at all; I think that’s extremely unfair especially considering his catalogue is full of R&B gems that are hidden for some reason – until now. With his sixth album, X, slated for a summer release Chris has said that this album will revisit the vibe his debut effort held and many are skeptical that he’s able to pull this off.

So much music has been recorded but the masses have never gotten to hear them for whatever reason. Industry politics are a bitch but I’m here to bring the best of the best from CB’s resume so you’re not so lost out there – here we go!

10.) “Submarine” (2010) – A song that has him recounting where he went wrong to make his woman walk away, Chris spoke his heart and he spoke it to a jazzy, shoulder bopping beat that, if performed live, would have his feet moving in some way. No rapping, no cursing – just a voice and a beat. That’s what R&B is and “Submarine” displayed just that.

9.) “Calypso” (2012) – This Polow Da Don-produced promotional single was released ahead of Brown’s fifth LP Fortune in the summer of 2012 and was the lowkey cookout song for the scorching months. With backing vocals that were strongly reminiscent of a Mike Jackson in his prime, Brown had no problem enticing young ladies to just give into him and his harmless advances. He just wants to find out what you like, girl.

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COMMENTARY: BOY + GIRL + GIRL = TROUBLE

Everybody has an opinion on this love triangle that just was turned into a two-point line in the wee hours of the morning thanks to Chris Brown’s Suburban confessional posted on his Mechanical Dummy blog.

*sighs* Where do I even begin?

First: those who are celebrating the reunion of Chris and Rihanna are … touched. One – what does them engaging in things grown folks do REALLY have to do with the progression of your life to where you’re praising the high heavens for them being together? Seriously; did you have a pool going or something because if monetary gain isn’t the reason for your glee then what the hell is?

Second: let’s take away the celebrity/public figure aspect of this entire thing, so people can understand the anger some have over this.

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy and girl have a falling out and ultimately break up. Boy goes through the motions – lives fast by partying and hooking up with random women. Boy meets new girl. Boy dates new girl. FOR TWO YEARS boy dates new girl. Boy falls in love with new girl (?) New girl falls in love with boy. New girl is the object of ridicule for loving boy. New girl still loves boy. Boy secretly yearns for girl. Boy eventually reconnects with girl but continues with new girl. New girl is called ten kinds of dumb for dealing with boy and his “alleged discretions” but stands by him. Boy “decides to be single” … then takes girl to a concert. Boy tells everybody he’s in love with two people and doesn’t want to hurt either… but hurts new girl by choosing girl over her.

Honestly, this is the same shit that usually happens over all four years of high school and probably spilled over into college. The popular guy who could have anybody he wanted meets this normal girl who wasn’t bothering anybody. He says, “hey, you seem cool. let’s discuss somethin’.” She says, “i’m down”, and so it begins. Popular guys have their groupies and groupies get salty when they see the object of their affection involved with someone and – surprise, surprise – he’s actually committed to her. As a result, they down his girl by calling her out of her name, questioning her authenticity and bringing up the past while she’s trying to maintain her relationship as any woman in love strives to do.

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CUTTING ROOM FLOOR: “DON’T JUDGE ME” – CHRIS BROWN

Hey y’all! I love music and I grew up in a dope time where music videos meant the world to artists. In turn, they meant the world to me, and still do. So much so that I often sit around and think of treatments for some of my favorite songs. With me having this lovely vessel with which I have access to, I figured why not share my ideas with you guys? Hell, maybe the right people will see these and hit me on my Jack! … yeah, so let’s get started but please remember that I am not a director so I’m not up on camera jargon and all that jazz and I can’t draw worth shit so NOOOOO sketches of any of this will ever be seen from these hands, ‘kay? Alrighty then, let’s start with Chris Brown‘s next single, “Don’t Judge Me”…


Blonde CB is needed for this one…

Word Bank: CB->Chris Brown (duh); LL->leading lady; IR->interrogation room

Setting: (main) a smokey, dark interrogation room with a two-way mirror; (secondary) an all-black room with a mic stand and a stool, also black.
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COMMENTARY: WHY I’M JEALOUS OF TEAM BREEZY

I am a person who can admit when I’m feeling a certain way, including jealousy, and this explanation just struck me minutes. Naturally, I had to bring it to you all’s attention.

When I was fifteen in 2001, I was just learning to live with the fact that *NSYNC would never do another album together and getting accustomed to seeing Justin Timberlake by himself. That year, I didn’t have much to look forward to musically so my taste scattered for a bit until 2002. Yes Justin released Justified that year but it was also the year that my obsession with B2K began the moment they were brought to my attention.

Thanks(?) BET.

Their high energy drew me in and made me want to dance even though I had no rhythm whatsoever. I went to concerts but was subdued because I couldn’t find it in myself to act a fool like the other girls were doing. Not in public, anyway. That time came and went and in 2004, I was back to longing for some decent music that wouldn’t lull me to sleep. Sure, there was Usher but he was … well, he was getting old and I was only eighteen. I needed somebody who would keep me young.

Thank God for Chris Brown in 2005.
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ALBUM REVIEW: “FORTUNE” – CHRIS BROWN

I’m not the only person resurfacing this week: CHRIS BROWN decided to unleash his sixteen year old self on the music industry by way of his fifth studio album, FORTUNE. I, for one, am pretty elated by this. I bet you’re wondering just how I’m figuring that Breezy’s teen persona is what this R&B/pop album  is embodying – well, I will tell you. With more R&B packed in this LP by the twenty-three year old superstar than we’ve heard from him since EXCLUSIVE, FORTUNE is what Chris would have sounded like if he’d never made another album after his initial debut. My opinion, remember this.

Everyone knows I stan for GRAFFITI (2009) more than any other person on the planet but he was continuing his experimentation with electronic elements, which bled into 2011’s F.A.M.E. and that featured a bit more hip-hop than we’ve heard from his efforts excluding mixtapes.

I’m against none of this because each album of Chris’ represents his moment in time – as every album for every artist does. FORTUNE is special, though; it has the potential to be remembered for far more than just a reflection of two years’ worth of work and life experience. Growth isn’t the word – Chris, on this album, proves that he is indeed a GROWN MAN. You may shade how he chooses to address certain instances in his personal life – remember that everything that occurs outside of a studio, arena/theater/stadium, or movie set is indeed his personal life … – but you can’t deny that his music has showcased his maturity gradually and FORTUNE is the pinnacle of just that.

I couldn’t be more proud.

From addressing his sexual cravings even as the world’s ending in “2012” – stop scaring me with this, guys – to advertising the popularity of his “Bassline”, Breezy’s carnal desires are laced all through this album but he’s in his early twenties. This is healthy and beyond expected. Fast songs like “Turn Up The Music”, “Strip” – a fan-favorite originally from his 2011 mixtape BOY IN DETENTION – and his current single “Don’t Wake Me Up” keep your foot tapping on your way to work or school as Chris is so famously known for. That other shoe promptly drops when the beats for songs like “Biggest Fan” (yowzas!), “Tell Somebody”, and “Sweet Love” kick up and put you in your feelings immediately. While sex and dancing are great things that Chris is amazing at – I’m assuming on the sex thing since I have no first-hand knowledge of this … promise – love truly does conquer all on FORTUNE.

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VIDEO: “SWEET LOVE” – CHRIS BROWN

What a hell of a gotdamn way to wake up *3 Stacks voice* – yowzas; CHRIS BROWN has shot about 1oo videos over the course of a week and the fruits of his labor is slowly rolling out. Okay maybe not 100, but the brotha’s been puttin’ in work. “Sweet Love” is his latest release and I’m SURE this will get some activity kicked up this weekend whether liquor is involved or not. Got damn, Breezy.

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VIDEO: “NAKED” – KEVIN MCCALL FEAT. BIG SEAN

RCA Records recording artist/producer/songwriter/Jack of all trades KEVIN MCCALL just dropped the video for his debut single, “Naked”, which features CBE affiliate BIG SEAN.  Dressed to the nines and ready for a fashion show, the killer visual team of Chris Brown/Godfrey Tabarez/Riveting Entertainment is a great start to what could prove to be a successful stint for the “Deuces” producer. I don’t know; something about Kevin has been sticking with me since he dropped Uninvited Guest and I’m forced to pay attention to him.  That’s not a bad thing at all; hopefully, he’ll keep kickin’ us that funky stuff.

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VIDEO: CHRIS BROWN X KID ZOOM – JOURNEY TO THE BACKWOODS

Here is a dope video of the artistic collaboration between CHRIS BROWN and street artist KID ZOOM set to some trippy music – I like trippy music. The singer’s been going hard with his artwork these last few years and this video showcases some dope pieces. I could see some CB artwork hanging in my penthouse loft in the West Village – once I get one, anyway.

Chris recently celebrated the release of his Dum English toy collab with renowned artist Ron English with an art show displaying the artwork he’s posted on his Instagram [fuckyopictures] and Twitter in the past. He signed merchandise for fans, took pictures and did a live painting with Ron as his CBE crew and famous friends like Bow Wow looked on. I love that he has other hobbies besides the typical clothing line/sneaker/liquor hustle that artists find themselves in.

…Don’t forget that Mechanical Dummy clothing line is dropping soon. Can’t win them all, right? If you’d like to check out recaps from the event, head on over to Rap Up!

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COMMENTARY: WHY YOU SHOULD SEE “THINK LIKE A MAN” + THE CAST & CREW THANK FANS FOR #1 SPOT

You’ve had to have been living under a boulder if you haven’t heard anything about Think Like A Man over the past year: the New York Times bestselling book penned by Steve Harvey that educates women on how to overcome relationship obstacles by presenting them with the mindset of a man was adapted into a star-studded film and though it’s experienced release date delays and slander from the male population, this past weekend was a historical one as it debuted at number one – beating out the box office king The Hunger Games, which was going for a four-week championship title as the country’s favorite.

I’ve owned the book since it came out and yes, I’ve been a silent advocate for what Steve’s putting out. I’ve told people about it, internalized most of the information and got lowkey amped when the announcement of a movie being made was publicized. I was slightly thrown once the laundry list of cast members kept growing; I didn’t know how it was going to be formatted, how everyone was going to fit, and I became worried once the release date started getting changed. I almost lost interest.

However, the marketing buffs behind the film weren’t about to let me and my dollars slip through the cracks. The advertising assault in favor of Think Like A Man was something I hadn’t seen in a GOOD while; I could not get away from these people, no matter how much I wanted to at times. As April 20th grew closer, I started to get excited again because the premise of how the book would be used was becoming clearer. The cast was a great draw: I already was familiar with everyone and their work, so to see them in this realm would be great.

I’ve seen the movie twice – once Friday afternoon with my mom and again the next day because we had to drag my sister with us. When I tell you that I haven’t had a better time at the movies than I did in the two hours I was sitting in theater #6 (twice), please know that I’m being genuine. Think Like A Man was funny, educational, and light-hearted – a movie based on a book that’s caused so much conversation between the sexes needed to be those three things.

So, why should you go see Think Like A Man?

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SUPAFEST 2012: BIG SEAN & CHRIS BROWN PERFORM “MY LAST” + “TILL I DIE”

Cali wasn’t the only place poppin’ last weekend with a huge music festival; thirteen hours away, Sydney, Australia was living it up with stars like CHRIS BROWN and BIG SEAN, who joined together to perform their hit “My Last” as well as the first live performance of Chris’s next single “Till I Die”, sans Wiz. Camera work’s a bit shaky but it IS a Chris Brown set so she was excited. Let her have it [lol]

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