Chris Brown has been out and about lately in an effort to promote his upcoming release, X,
which will be released in the late summer. However, his lead single, “Fine China” will drop on April 1. While talking about the music, Brown has also been discussing Rihanna and the drama that surrounds his life. He continued to do just that when visiting Big Boy’s Neighborhood today. He opened up about trying to “coexist” in this music industry with arch-nemesis (kidding!) Drake, his love for Tupac, people testing his patience, and how past depression after the infamous domestic violence incident between him and Rihanna in 2009 and the backlash he received for years helped shape him into a better man.
“Oh yeah, people can coexist in the music industry.
It’s more me being real saying what I gotta say. I ain’t out here trying to go at him, I ain’t got ni**as–I aint got people after him. We just chillin’. I have my differences and he has his. His music still hot!”
On whether the female DJ who played “Started From The Bottom” in the club (when he said “F**k Drake!” on the microphone), and other people in general are trying to test his patience:
On doing a better job of keeping his relationship with Rihanna out of the public eye:
“I be chillin. I would look like the corniest dude ever if I sat up there and got mad every time I heard his records. He gone hear me, I’m gone hear him…I’m not going to put myself in a situation for anything to mess up my career. Focus on what it is and focus on the music.
It was funny, I think the girl tweeted and said, “OMG, he called me a girl DJ. Yes, I said it’s awesome we have a lady DJ in here. I said that’s amazing. I don’t know how that was sexist or you take offense to that. But it’s always a target or you feel like it’s a target. Also, it’s also me too. It’s the choices I make and it’s also me having to be able not to put myself in those surrounding or in those situations. It’s just a learning process.”
“It also has a lot to do with how much we’re in the public eye or how accessible we are. Mystery is key. That’s why half the time I don’t get on my Twitter, I don’t even have an Instagram anymore. The mystery is in the music and in the magic. Whatever my talent is I want people to focus on that so I can be able to do my personal stuff without people having to KNOW, know.
His appreciation of Tupac:
“I just identify with a young black male who deals with trials and tribulations but who can express his art through his poetry. I’m passionate so I can identify with that. Everything I do is passionate, I wear my heart on my sleeve…I can identify with how Tupac kind of had that in him.”
On whether dealing with the animosity towards him after the domestic violence episode in 2009:
“I was going through early stages of depression. I prayed on it, I stayed humble and stuck with all the people I grew up with. Went back to being Christopher instead of Chris Brown…it happened when I was 18, so 19 is the year everybody was like ‘We’re not playing his music, we don’t really like him. It’s a no all the time!’ For a 19-year-old young man it’s kind of hard not being able to accept people not liking you when they loved you for whatever. It was kind of hard, even friends not talking to you, friends in the industry talking bad about you, but I think it’s a learning step for me. I wouldn’t even take it back. I wouldn’t change it for the world. What I went through and what I’m going through now in life is making me a better person.”
Check out both parts of his interview on the next page!