America’s favorite Snidely Whiplash impersonator, Chris Brown, has a new album coming out, and he won’t stop talking about it! Really, he can’t help himself. And as he’s been making the promotional rounds, he’s been teasing out some details regarding things to expect from the new LP, titled X — because he’s a big Kylie Minogue fan (nope, we made that up) — including hotly tipped collabs with Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar.
Oh, good — more Chris Brown and Rihanna together. Just what we’ve been praying for at our Chrianna altar every night. Onward!
Of the Rihanna duet, he told The Los Angeles Times: “When we did ‘Nobody’s Business’ we actually did another song for my album called ‘Put It Up.’ I wanted to do an R&B record with Rihanna. I didn’t want to do the pop stuff, I wanted to do something that people aren’t used to hearing.” Said the genre of R&B in an unofficial statement: “Wait, people aren’t used to hearing us?”
As for the Lamar track, he says — in characteristically humble and self-effacing form: “I wanted to — not rattle the hip-hop world, but have people appreciate like, ‘I didn’t expect that, but dang, that’s dope.’” He also noted that his own experience as a 23-year-old convicted felon who is reviled by much of the educated world puts him in an exciting position to help mentor another new artist on his journey to success: “It’s also fun to experience the ambitions and aspirations of a younger artist who’s just learning how the game works.” (“The game,” in this context, is learning how to be disingenuous and mendacious enough to trick a gullible subset of the population into thinking you aren’t a horrible monster!)
Breezy’s latest LP is due later this summer.