Chris Brown recently invited “members of the media” to come listen to his latest musical project, titled X.
The X album is set for an August release and in a recent with MTV News, the concept of the album "refers 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."
It would appear that Chris is trying to conduct himself in a new way-- accepting interview requests once again, starting with a press tour. Presenting himself maturely in an interview with Ebony, Chris reveals how much he’s matured and realizes that he’s a role model and has his anger management issues under control.
Read some excerpts:
The title of the album is called X. So basically, it’s defining who I am as a 24-year-old male trying to grow up. But also X is also a release. X is almost like the forbidden sign, or caution, So it kind of demonstrates not always being the good guy all the time, but identifying with the people who don’t have a voice, or never had a chance, or never had that yes in their life. So with X that kind of defines who I am, being able to have that voice through my music.
It’s just been a growing process for me in general. I think everybody is expected to grow. I think me being 15 [when I came out], I wouldn’t want to have the same mentality I had back then, now. So just me going through different personal experiences and life lessons and dealing with relationships and love. You get a chance to take a journey with me and kinda see my growth as a young man, not a full-grown man, but a young man.
With me, over the three or four year processing whatever my trials and tribulations have been, I’ve been focused on the wrong thing. I’ve been focused on being sheltered or being a recluse, and not trying to be as vocal or express my feelings. But I think now I’ve been able to channel that and mature a little more and find out how to put it in my music.
And with X, I’m not looking back at the past, that’s what the past is for. I’m looking toward the future—toward everything that’s going to elevate me mentally and physically.
Being A Role Model
I kind of struggled with that myself to try to find out why people put me on their pedestal. But you know what it is? It’s a responsibility. For me, the responsibility I have to be an idol or to be looked upon as talented or creative or an inspiration–that comes with the territory. People will automatically bring you into their life because you’re almost a part of it. Being on the radio all the time or being in a video, you’re always accessible and your life is for display. With me it’s just about the responsibility I have to take in and being able to learn from my actions and being able to show people the good s–t.
If you leave it up to [the media] you’ll be the worst dude in the world [laughs]. But for me, I’m not trying to woo the naysayers–there’s always going to be people with opinions all the time—for me it’s just being able to put the music out and letting it speak for itself.
Taking A Break From Social Media
I detached myself from social media only because it just takes away the magic. Twitter is a good outlet for certain people, but I think for me and the message I’m trying to portray, it’s all about the music, the magic, and the creativity of what I’m doing. If you show somebody how to do a magic trick, it’s not a magic trick anymore.
You gotta kind of take it with a grain of salt. I can go through a list of a hundred occasions where the story hasn’t been true. Sometimes you might get a true story every now and then, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. I’m shifting to what I’m focused on—my music and my painting. For right now, that’s all they need to know. Everything else is pretty much out there. I think when they hear this album they’ll be able to identify with—I’m not saying my side of things, I’m not trying to get an approval—but they can understand what I’m talking about.
Doing Interviews Again
I think I’m more in a comfortable spot. I’ll also try to make the right choices, but it’s always going to be that one journalist or someone who wants to make their career off of the slip up. So I just have to be cognizant of it and realize that everybody has an opinion, everybody has a view on how they view things. I can’t judge or blame them for how they view anything. I just have to be myself the best I can and hopefully their perception won’t be as negative as what people say.
What He Wishes People Knew About Him
Umm….[Chris exhales loudly and takes a long pause].
That’s a good question.
[He struggles to come up with the answer. After opening up, he seems guarded again and I can tell he’s not quite sure how he wants to answer this question.]
I mean…I don’t have an ambition of them knowing, or having to know…because I feel like a naysayer or a person with an opinion is just that, a person with an opinion. I respect it; constructive criticism is great all of the time. I really would want them to identify with the music, and identify with the different aspects of my creativity. That’s it. And I’m not just saying, “Give me a pat on the back and say I’m doing good,” but actually just see it and honestly appreciate it for what it is. Instead of personal situations they might blame me for, or a life experience that you wish you took back when you was young. [Nervous laughter.] But as of now, it’s just about moving forward and fully being able to do that with my music.
You can read more at Ebony.
I hope he stays true to his words because he’s such a great artist and had the potential to be one of the greatest if that horrible incident hadn’t occurred between him and Rihanna. I’m rooting for him.
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