It’s no secret Chris Brown (who just celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday) always find himself in a swarm of media controversy. Whether it’s the infamous Grammy night with Rihanna, smashing dressing rooms, love triangles and fights with other musicians, he continues to make headlines with much more than his music. But there’s also no denying that he does continue to make some good music too. “Look At Me Now” (and several tracks from F.A.M.E.) is still on my iPod and his quality of music is consistent for the most part. Somewhere in the midst of all of his drama, he manages to find time to crank another studio album every 1 and a half years or so. True to form, his upcoming release, simply titled X, is set to hit stores on July 16, 2013, just in time for a summer release.
Not only will Chris Brown be performing at this year’s Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, but he also leaked a new track on Twitter called “I Can’t Win”. But it was just a teaser song and he confirmed that it will not be included on his new album. In case you’re wondering where he came up with the name for the new CD, he actually put a lot of thought into it. Here’s what he said about it… ”I made it kinda numerical. X is a Roman numeral for 10; this also symbolizes 10 years of me being an artist. I started when I was 14. X also means my birthday, 5/5/89. Five and five is 10; eight, nine, 10, so X. And then another quick one is 24. It’s the 24th letter in the alphabet, and I’ll be 24 when X comes out. That’s kind of it in a nutshell.” I have to admit, the meaning behind is pretty ingenious. He hasn’t revealed much about collaborations on the album yet, but he has revealed that Kendrick Lamar will be one of the guest artists.
You’ve probably heard his new single, “Fine China” by now. It’s one of his best recent songs in my opinion. The video is pretty good and features some fight scenes and a movie themed plot while him and his girlfriend dodge bad guys most of the way through it. The song sounds very Michael Jackson inspired, but not in an annoying way. Check out “Fine China” below, plus the new track, “I Can’t Win”. Would you bump it or dump it? Will you be buying X on July 16th?