Chris Brown Covers ‘Notion’ Magazine’s 71 Issue, Talks ‘Royalty’ LP: View Photos
Inside the Millicent Haile-photographed spread, the “Fine By Me” artist looks buff, slightly rugged and brooding as he shows off his flour-covered abs in a white linen shirt and rocks a Coke hoodie. For the interview, Chris discusses the LP and being judged for his past mistakes.
Breezy’s Royalty album is dedicated to his daughter, and features tracks like “Liquor,” “Zero,” “Back To Sleep” and “Wrist.” Look out for it tomorrow (December 18) and get into the singer’s Notion interview highlights below.
On Royalty: “You can’t be stagnant and you cannot continue to do the same things and expect a different outcome. So for me, it’s a reflections album. I love being a father, you know, and at the same time, there were certain wrongs and certain rights that I did do. I might’ve hurt some people along the way.”
On making mistakes: “People make mistakes, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve judged people who made mistakes, and they judge me back. The best part about it is me having to learn. I think I had a great time like … <he corrects himself> I didn’t have a great time… at all, but it was a great lesson for me to learn. I thank God he had something bigger for me to do. The mindset I was in when I was younger, it was full of arrogance like ‘yeah I’m an asshole like, so what fuck it, I got money like’ and you know, at the end of the day everybody knows right from wrong.”
On being judged by the public: “Well everyone knows right from wrong. As a man you deal with adolescence and you deal with peer pressure a lot. People talk about me being in gangs and affiliated, but they don’t talk about the nice things I do like bring 5,000 sneakers to Crenshaw high school South-Central or Campanella park or different neighbourhoods that are in the inner cities. Nobody cares about it unless it’s glorified in the rap music. You don’t have to like me. And what I do is for my art. I’m only going to be passionate for what I want to do.”
On having fame: “I mean fame isn’t acquired by the amount of people who like you. Fame is acquired by the amount of people’s lives you’ve changed. So at the end of the day I can’t say that my music is that deep right now, I can’t physically change the world. But I made a positive step you know?”