Chris Brown’s Fortune: A Mix of Beats and Ballads, But No Regrets

Chris Brown's 'Fortune' is in stores today. Don't buy it.

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Being Chris Brown’s publicist has got to be one of the worst jobs in the world. The 23-year-old hothead is on probation after pleading guilty to beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. His comeback was marred by allegations that he may have used tear-inducing drops to make an emotional appearance on the BET Awards. After winning a Grammy for Best R&B Album, he tweeted “HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate F**** OFF!”, a charming sentiment that was later deleted. He supposedly stole a fan’s iPhone. He stormed out of an interview with Good Morning America.  His appearances on awards shows are greeted by both eager fans, horrified critics and one of the most revolting Twitter trends of all time. Now he’s in the news for a club-busting brawl with fellow musician Drake and releasing a curse-laden diss track that calls Drake to task. Despite all that, Breezy, as he’s known, is back with a new album. Fortune hits stores today.

Here’s a recap for those who have forgotten the events of three years ago: The night before the Grammys in 2009, Chris Brown beat his girlfriend Rihanna so badly she required medical treatment. Neither Brown nor Rihanna performed at the Grammys, an act that according to Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich rendered the Grammys the victims. “I think people deserve a second chance, you know,” Ehrlich said to ABC after inviting Brown to perform in 2012. “If you’ll note, he has not been on the Grammys for the past few years and it may have taken us a while to kind of get over the fact that we were the victim of what happened.” That’s right, the Grammys were the victims when instead of performing on the awards show, Brown turned himself into the LAPD, where he was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and was released on $50,000 bail. In August 2009, Brown was sentenced to five years probation, mandatory domestic violence counseling and 180 hours of community service after pleading guilty to felony assault. He was also ordered to stay away from Rihanna, including at entertainment events at which they were both appearing. That has since been modified so the two can now perform at the same shows.

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Pleading guilty to felony assault against one of the biggest pop stars of all time has not been especially deleterious to Chris Brown’s career. In December 2009, a few months after he pled guilty to assault, he released his third studio album, Graffiti. It debuted at #7 on the Billboard charts and sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week. He wasn’t able to tour in the U.K. in support of the album after his application for a visa to enter was refused on the grounds that he was “guilty of a serious criminal offence.” But the BET Awards invited him to perform as part of a Michael Jackson Tribute at their 2010 show. Brown’s last album, 2011′s F.A.M.E., debuted at the top of the U.S. chart. In December 2011, Billboard named him their artist of the year and in February of 2012, the Grammys invited him to perform for the first time since his conviction. He picked up the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album while he was there. In advance of Fortune’s release, Brown performed on Sundays BET Awards, too, singing two tracks off his forthcoming album and picking up the trophy for Best Male R&B Artist — beating out Usher and Trey Songz. The music industry has clearly forgiven Brown for his crimes. In a move that has disappointed her mentor Jay Z, it seems that Rihanna has forgiven Brown, too, going so far as to collaborate with him on the “Birthday Cake” remix. The only seemingly permanent outcome of Brown’s crime is that his visit to Sesame Street has been erased from the show’s memory. It still lives on YouTube, though.

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While his career doesn’t appear to have taken a hit, Chris Brown now makes music with an asterisk next to his name, much like a baseball player who has used steroids. Most reviews of his albums mention the crime. His performances are greeted with an onslaught of tweets reminding the world that the guy dancing on stage with David Guetta is the same man who beat Rihanna so badly that she couldn’t perform at the 2009 Grammys. (The fact that the Grammys allowed him to perform shows not only a lack of respect for women and domestic violence victims, but also a desperation on the organizing entity’s part to create ratings via stunt casting of the most heinous variety.) With his track record, some fans may hesitate to plunk down cash for Brown’s latest album, Fortune. However, a truly great album could push wavering fans to pay, despite their trepidations about supporting Brown himself. Fortune, however, is not a great album. It has a few stand-out tracks that show Brown’s potential as an artist, but for the most part, the album is boring. It manages to combine elements of electronic dance music, dubstep and R&B with talented producers, skilled guest stars and a huge budget to create one of the blandest R&B albums in recent memory.

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“Turn Up the Music,” one of the album’s singles, is a techno-inflected track saturated with shout-outs to the electronica trend with lyrics like, “You’re sexy and you know it,” which is clearly an effort to reference the hit LMFAO song “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” The track hit number one, probably based only on its ability to make you tap your toes. Frankly though the song could have been performed by anyone. It is a soulless confection that could have effortlessly existed on the new Justin Bieber album or on any album by an auto-tune aficionado (a Real Housewife perhaps?) It’s a song that is nothing but a club-ready beat and an impressive repetition of the phrase “turn up.” Despite the fact that Brown is given co-author credit for the song, it seems clearly written by a professional songwriter who shopped it around to a variety of musicians before it landed on Fortune. The extent of the praise you can offer the track is that it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it, which for some people is enough. If the album was full of tracks like “Turn Up the Music,” you could justify buying the album for your gym mix or party playlist, but it’s not. The only other potential hit on Fortune is an equally accessible track called “Don’t Wake Me Up,” a track filled with thumping block-rocking beats, that seems crafted to be sold to club DJs, not to show off any talent by the artist. Throughout the album, Brown is frequently upstaged by the musicians appearing as guests, including turns by Wiz Khalifa and Nas. Their performances so outshine Brown that it only goes to highlight the flavorlessness of the album. The majority of the songs are forgettable R&B that could be performed by any American Idol contestant with a production budget.

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But being boring is not the worst thing about the album. Writing an album of love songs when you’re on probation for beating your famous girlfriend is nothing short of hubris, and like most Greek heroes it’s also Brown’s fatal flaw. The cycle of domestic violence is marked by something that the domestic abuse community calls “the honeymoon phase.” It’s a period after a violent outburst that is marked by apologies and promises that it will never happen again, or that the abuser will do his or her best to change. This album feels like Chris Brown’s musical equivalent of a honeymoon phase, except for the fact that it’s completely remorseless. The album is filled with references to Brown’s seemingly favorite activities: Girls, clubbing and swagging. The track “Don’t Judge Me”, which is a lot to ask of an audience, reveals something about Brown’s mindset. While the song seems billed as an honest apology, it’s not. It’s about a player who got busted playing and is unhappy that he’s getting yelled at about it. It even includes lines like, “It could get ugly before it gets beautiful,” which, frankly is a line that should have been struck by his PR agent. On “Strip” Brown bellows “Panties! Bra! Take it off!,” but everything he sings now carries an implied threat of or else. Brown seems so determined to ignore his past crimes that his album comes across as brash at best and, at worst, insulting. The end result is retch-inducing lyrics set to a party beat.

As Sasha Pasulka states in her stellar article “I’m Not Okay with Chris Brown Performing at the Grammys and I’m Not Sure Why You Are,” Rihanna doesn’t have to be the poster child of domestic violence if she doesn’t want to. She was the victim of a crime she never asked for and if she wants to put it behind her, that’s her choice. As fans though, we have a responsibility to put our money where our morals are. In a world where more than half of teenage girls aged 12-18 have experienced sexual violence at the hands of a partner — and considered it normal, where nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser, and 40% of teenage girls would consider giving a boyfriend a second chance if he hit them, we have to take stand. If we don’t like what an artist does or says or represents, don’t give him or his label your money. Money talks and if we would all stop buying albums by seemingly remorseless, abusive, violent individuals, record labels would eventually listen. Then the Grammys and BET Awards wouldn’t throw Brown in our faces and parade him across our TV screens for their own ratings. Spend your money on something else, something better, something by someone who hasn’t punched Rihanna in the face, which, as far as we know, is anyone else.

(If you find yourself hopelessly drawn to music by artists with unsavory personal lives, for example, say R. Kelly, may we direct you towards the It’s Complicated Project” on Kickstarter?)

Chris Brown “Don’t Wake Me Up”

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ladierose1021
ladierose1021 like.author.displayName 1 Like

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MELISSA LOCKER The album hits the stores. You say don't buy it. YET, YOU took the time to write this lonnnnnnnnnnnng article about Chris Brown, just so YOU could get ratings .  If it weren't for people like Chris Brown YOU wouldn't have anything to write about, thus YOU wouldn't have a job. You, ma'am are a Hypercrite. 

Ohioma Eboreime
Ohioma Eboreime like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm not big a fan of Chris Browns music. but this review is total crap. Micheal Jackson touches kids and gets eulogized and CB cant catch a break cos of his only crime in life. Victim has moved on and so is he. Apparently you people simply are hating that the dude got a second chance at life and took it with both hands. If Eminem can get Grammy for singing homophobic and downright violent songs and actually abuse his wife physically I'm yet to understand the problem you have with Chris Brown

Jordan Knight
Jordan Knight

I honestly for the life of me cannot understand how anyone can defend this singer.  He is an awful excuse for a recording artist. Whenever I read comments from fans or critics saying he could be the next Michael Jackson, I am bewildered. The only thing he is even close to doing as well as MJ is dancing - and he pretty much learned all his moves from MJ.  I honestly have no clue whether he can sing - the vocals on every song I've heard of his and every performance I've seen of his have been so obviously digitally enhanced, I can only believe he can't sing. That leaves the actual songs he records and performs, which are sometimes well-produced but almost always feature stupid, moronic lyrics that reek of misogyny.  Those lyrics do nothing BUT point back to "the incident," so for those fans who keep asking critics to forget about the past, Brown make it very hard.  I find the rampant misogyny in contemporary Ramp;B/hip-hop appalling to begin with, and it's even tougher to just dismiss when it comes from someone who beat a woman half to death.  This guy is so not worth the time you people waste to defend.  Defend someone who is actually doing something positive in the world instead of putting out pre-fab, vulgar "music" like Brown's.  In 20 years, no one is probably going to remember his songs anyways.

DRE-GOON
DRE-GOON

This is pure crap! After that incident you label him a monster oh c'mon. Get off his back there are thousands that continue on to do that with their partner. Forgive and forget that's how people move on but I guess you can't do that. He hasn't harmed another girl after that matter of fact he's in a relationship right now. And this is not a music review cause you didn't name any of the tracks that aren't singles. So Melissa get a man and get a life

Andre Kettle
Andre Kettle

This is pure crap! He only did that one incident to that girl and all of a sudden he is a monster! There are thousands of men/women that continue to hurt their partner but you can only talk about him cause he's famous. He hasn't harmed another women after that matter of fact he's in a relationship so get off his back. Forgive and forget. Please Melissa get a man and get a life. I guess they are not paying you enough at your job so you had to write this 

lee_tokio
lee_tokio

In this article the phrase "beat his girlfriend Rihanna badly" occurs 2 times (lines 15 and 49), the word "crimes" - 2 times, words "remorseless" and "probation" - 2 times as well, "guilty" - 4 times, "violence" - even 5 times. For the 1700 words article -extremely urofessional!

Did HR take a look on a CV of this author before getting her article published? She is not a journalist.

Not to mention that the article supposed to be a musical review and not a criminal report. Unfortunately the word "music" occurs only 3 times here.

Cyerra_TeamBreezy05
Cyerra_TeamBreezy05

The funny part about this article is when she stays "Here's a Recap... events three years ago" Do you seriously think we can forget even if we wanted to. The media continuously reminds us of it every time his name is mentioned. As a loyal fan I don't condone what he did. In addition, some of his incidents I don't like the way he handles them but how far can a man be pushed before he breaks. Its clear he tried to be "humble", as you all say he needs to be, however look at the time from the incident until maybe the end of 201o maybe a little before. You heard absolutely nothing from Chris Brown but under ground work and continuous interviews discussing his regretful mistake. He didn't lash out has much as he does now. When we criticize we must look at the situation from ALL angles. Good Morning America for example, Why are you asking about a situation that has nothing to do with this album. You're trapping him in his mistake. Regardless if you feel it shouldn't be let go. Imagine if you made a mistake of any nature and someone would remind you of it everyday. Soon as he puts out a new album he is asked about everything but the ALBUM everything is mentioned but the ALBUM. This author of the article is genuinely biased and has to be perfect because the criticism is outrageous. In addition to her quoting the songs wrong. The lyrics state "Panties Bra YOU CAN take them off" and weren't Browns words but Kevin McCall's. Turn up the music is not suppose to be this deep song its SUPPOSE to be a song where you want to tap your foot to duh! Lastly, to say that featuring artist on the Fortune out Shine Chris is mind boggling. Nas has had his own share of media ridiculed issues and Wiz Khalifa has his own brand of weed you have to be kidding me. I'm not knocking either of there past but they are all in the same boat I;m sure you've NEVER listened to them thoroughly because this "ALBUM REVIEW" is disgusting. oh and I am teambreezy so I love him inspite of 

UniqueCharice
UniqueCharice

This is one of the worst reviews I've ever read.

UniqueCharice
UniqueCharice

This is one of the worst reviews I've ever read. That is all.

TL96
TL96

This article is supposed to be reviewing his MUSIC not his CHARACTER. I'm not saying that what he did was right and that it should be forgotten, but he is paying for his mistake. It’s not our place to judge him because in all reality none of us know the "true Chris Brown" all we see is the most" interesting" parts of his life. You never know until you have walked a mile in another man’s shoes.  Oh and by the way the reviewer put that on Chris Brown's single Strip he says this, “Panties! Bra! Take it off!” firstly that was  Kevin McCall who said that and it was quoted wrongly. That just shows that this article is illegitimate and purely based on previous assumptions of the artist.

Paris Cannon
Paris Cannon

One person on here keeps commenting other people's posts saying negative things about Chris Brown. Why are you constantly talking about him if you don't like him? Get a life. As for the author of this article, yes Chris has made some bad decisions but we all do. He is a human being just like the rest of us. Everyone makes mistakes. You don't see him beating his new girlfriend do you? He also has done some good things like helped out with charities and don't forget he is a very talented person. This whole thing is just like Michael Jackson... everyone paying attention to negative things instead of the positive. This article is crap and only focuses on the mistakes Chris Brown has made in the past. His new album is good. He is trying to make Ramp;B come back. That was his main focus on the album. Why do people only focus  on the few negative things when there are a lot more positive things? 

lee_tokio
lee_tokio

In this article the phrase "beat his girlfriend Rihanna badly" occurs 2 times (lines 15 and 49), the word "crimes" - 2 times, words "remorseless" and "probation" - 2 times, "guilty" - 4 times, "violence" - 5 times. Did the HR check the CV of this author before getting her article published? furthermore,t he article supposed to be a musical review and not a criminal report.

JoAnna Johnson
JoAnna Johnson

Chris Brown is a punk and a screw up. Im so sick of his "groupies" saying "everyone deserves a second chance" blah blah dude is way passed his second chance he's like on his 10th chance. The bottom line is everything they said in the article was relevant because he never got the proper punishment and as a result he behaves like a animal. He knows he beat the system and got off and has lots of other artist (mostly men) who back him cause he supposedly can dance. 

sum41dude
sum41dude

 What were the other 9 things he did? please let me know.

sum41dude
sum41dude

 Honestly you need to stop saying things like "he

is a bad person. deal with it. it's a fact".

Do you KNOW what a fact is? Thats like me saying "Math is hard. it's a

fact." His fans TRULY believe that he is a good person. And albeit biased,

they have more grounds to make this judgement than you. They have seen every

one of interviews, know every one of his lyrics, seen his demeanor in person,

been to his live shows, and see his true colours. You... listen to the media. I

bet you think he “bought” his grammy. I bet you think he “stole a girls iphone”.

I bet you think “he brought a gun to the BET awards”. You’re a fool.

Don’t tell me I am blind to the source of the art. I’m not.

I think he’s a positive person.

vanessa
vanessa

vanessaphillip89@yahoo.com

vanessa
vanessa

omg you're so disgusting... talk about the review, there really was no need for all that.... stop bringing up this shit, we all know it and we've all moved on from it so shut the fuck up...

From ur senseless review, u could just feel the hate.....u portrayed yourself as extremely unprofessional and all u did was make yourself look like a complete asshole....U would expext this kind of talk from kids, not a grown ass adult.

all you're trying to do do is defame his character but it's clearly not working, he's making hit after hit, he's talented and definitely a changed person from a few years ago and noone can take that away from him.... It's people like u who really need to get a life

Najée
Najée

this has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with chris brown's fortune album. Why is this even an article. If rihanna has forgiven him for what he did why wont you guys? What happened to them 3 Years ago had nothing to do with you! at all so fuck off  Melissa Locker

Joseph Carmine
Joseph Carmine

I thought this was a fucking album reveiew not why people may hate chris article! You guys suck at life! Go get a life losers and stop judging people that does not constitute as a life! #TEAMBREEZY

fuckYOUropinion
fuckYOUropinion

i can truly say i am bothered  at this "album review" article you have submitted.This is suppose to be a reflection of you and your skill of your work.You should be ashamed of yourself.sad just sad.Granted what Chris did 3-4 years ago was wrong although we still dont know the true facts you still judge him.what he did was wrong and yes he has not made the  best decisions but you are also wrong for the piece of work here.There are seven paragraphs in this article and not once did you take a true approach to review his recent album "Fortune" with actually may be his best album to date alongside Graffiti of course.You have tried to "remind" the world of his teenage wrongdoing to affect his career.I would hate to dig into you're life and see the mistakes you have made or ARE making as far as we know.It's always the one's that have the most skeletons themselves who judge or have the harshest opinions on others lives.You keep bashing him for what he has done and claim he hasnt changed but you and other people like you dont leave him much room for improvement.You dont want to see his change.You would rather hold hate inside of you for one man who was involved in one situation which doesnt involve YOU.WE are NOT the victims AND YOU ARE NOT THE VICTIM so just stop this lame attempt to destroy career.Your hate for this man and this sicking "album review"(cant believe you had the nerve to even use that as a heading to this article)does not change the amount of greatness this album holds.I WOULD be surprise if you even listen to the whole album before typing.But im pretty sure you didnt.This was disrespectful to not only him but his supporters and it was also very unprofessional for you to submit. You basically tried to push you personal opinion about him onto others as if we dont have our own mind.Do you take pride in your work?Do you respect the company you work for?  Seek GOD please you and your heart needs it.GOD BLESS!

P.S For anyone wanting a unbias opinion on Chris Brown's "Fortune" album since you didnt get it here.It is actually a great album its has something for everyone on it.And is definitely worth BUYING!It is on Itunes and In stores NOW!God bless you all may he continue to be with us showing us the right path.

George Brear
George Brear

you clearly haven't listened to any of the lyrics in the songs properly.  next time you want to make quotes of song lyrics actually get them right. its "turn it up" for turn up the music and "panties, bra you can take em off" isnt even said by CB, its the featuring artist.  

the artist of this article is either a blatent hater of chris brown, or a feminist who cant get over the fact that he has made some mistakes in his life.

i also like the that that you dont mention that rihanna and brown actually talk now and have even done a song together, but i suppose youre more concerned about writing a biased article that you cant show both sides of the story.

a typical reporter, you should write for the daily mail

Alissa Kulesza
Alissa Kulesza

You call this a review? sounds like your trying to bring him down as the media tends to do like you did to Michael Jackson. You probably didn't even listen to the album. This is 2012 what happened in 2009 does not matter anymore. Rihanna and chris have moved on and its time for everybody else to do the same thing. Dont buy Fortune? More like Dont buy Time magazine just a bunch of unprofessional writers.

Alissa Kulesza
Alissa Kulesza

How does what happened 3 years ago have to do with his album? What happened in the past is in the past Rihanna and Chris Brown have moved on and now its time for everyone else to do the same. You people are really disgusting go F*ck yourselves! stupid media!

Trish
Trish

Well no one says anything about drug addicted rock stars, or doctors, lawyers, or how about plain old folk who beat on their spouses, abuse alcohol, drugs, lie etc. They do it and it's not in the media. Personally everyone has problems, bottom line. Music is his job. I like his music. I don't agree with some of the choices he makes, but then again I didn't agree with president bush either...I support President Obama but some of things going on in the white house I def don't agree with, with that being said I bought his album today and it's rocking. I like his music.......and that's all that really matters.

Horse Eats Hat
Horse Eats Hat

These comments do nothing but prove the author's point.

Lonan Jones
Lonan Jones

His fans will buy it and your ignorance wont stop them to buy it. SHAME ON YOU

gogglemebaby
gogglemebaby

I just persued this article, and saw the platant prejudice in it in the 1st paragraph.  I really do not want to belittle your journalistic abilities, but you really come across as prejudicial and very bias.  You were suppose to be writing an album review--where is it?  You wrote a personal persecution about the author of the album.   That is sad.  Seemingly, you have lost your objectivity because of deep hidden issues that is within yourself, and even though you may have repressed those issues, your writing brings those  issues to the forefront.  Those feelings have manifested themselves in you and are coming out in a very unpleasant form.   Please seek help.  You have some issues that need to be desperately dealt with, and dealt with now.   I hope that you will be honest with yourself before you write another article, as your writing is reflective writing;  (in my opinion) reflecting something that happened in your life that has not been dealth with.  I feel sorry for you, but I  pray that you get the help that you need.  Your issues definitely shows in this article, and probably every article that you write.  How sad!!!

Velma Farrell
Velma Farrell

There are so many other things to write about that is happening in the world.  A doctor ust kicked his 3 year old son in the face.  That is worst than brown and rihanna.  write about that did you read about it.  what about the 2 adults who molested a three year old child? did you read about it.  be an advocate for those henious crime and leave chris and rihanna alone.  she has said time and time again you people are keeping up shit.  her words.  she has moved on and in fact get anygry when chris is critised.  what does it say.  she is 100 per cent  sane.  why, why, would you people continue to destroy a child life due to a mistake.  everyone deserve a second chance don't you.

Finé Thompson
Finé Thompson

I'm really curious...If Rihanna AND her family forgave him for an event that happened 3 years ago why would you bring it up? This isn't even a review. It is bashing him and has NOTHING to do with his music. I have the album and it's good. This is probably the worst "music review" I've read and I hope you never write about him again. Obviously you haven't ever heard of second chances. 

Thamires Mattos
Thamires Mattos

like... i'm lost of words... are you sure this is a "album review?" cause..... this is disgusting 

Diamond Brown-Fenty!
Diamond Brown-Fenty!

You can't be serious! Your first 3 paragraphs have nothing to do with an ALBUM (hello!?!?!) review and focus on personal issues. If one is going to review the MUSIC, then can we please stick to the MUSIC! Absolutely ridiculous!  

gogglemebaby
gogglemebaby

I just perused this article, and saw the blatant prejudice in it in the 1st paragraph.  This is the worst article I have ever read because it is bias and more biased.  Album review--no no, more like personal persecution.  I truly feel sorry for the writer, but in my opinion, you have some deep hidden issues, and before you write or even attempt to write another article, you need to seek the help to get those issues resolved.  Personally, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart, I truly feel  sorry for you and pray that you get the help you need.    You have buried something deep inside  yourself and it shows not only  in this article, but probably in every article that you write.  I will never read another article written by you.  Your hatred is so overt that you cannot write a simple article such as an album review.   That, my dear, is truly sad.   The name of the article is Chris Brown's Fortune:  A Mix of Beats and Ballads, But No Regrets.    There is one regret my dear:  I regret I even wasted my time to attempt to read this article written by you.  You have taken the journal out of journalists.   You are pitiful, and like I said, I truly hope you get the help you need.  Oh by the way, where is the ALBUM  REVIEW?

TeamBreezy.
TeamBreezy.

hahahahahaha, this article focused more on the incident with Rihanna than actually reviewing Fortune. His personal life has nothing to do with his music and if Rihanna has forgiven him, what is it to you?! You can't change her mind.

Misty Jean Moore
Misty Jean Moore

I don't know why I found this article to be funny, lol.

I tried, and lord knows I tried, but yes... this album was boring. Way too many ballads and I'm not a fan of dance-pop. He needs to take 2, 3 years off and come out with something new. Or better yet, quit. It's time for a new Ramp;B crooner.

KrabbyPatty322
KrabbyPatty322

I really don't think that this is THAT appalling.  Clearly, the author doesn't want to support work by Chris Brown based on his actions, but isn't that reason enough?  I wouldn't to pay money for any type of art that was produced by someone that I found morally offensive....

Dinnyq
Dinnyq

If I disliked someone very much I wouldn't want to write an article about them let alone listen to their album to write a review!

KrabbyPatty322
KrabbyPatty322

I can understand that.  I think for me, it depends.  If I disliked someone for trivial reasons, yeah I probably wouldn't waste my time.  But if I disliked someone because I thought they were a bad person and did things that I found reprehensible and I was fortunate enough to be able to write things that people actually read, yeah I think I would state my opinion on them - in any platform available.  

kyla_3
kyla_3

 May I first say that I enjoy reading your responses. Now the felony assault charge. A hit or slap that leaves a MARK can be a felony assault. It's a bodily injury. Even though they both were fighting, he was bigger and should have walked away and I believe that's the reason for the charge. The GMA incident was unfortunate. He has a right to not want to speak on rihanna and what happened between them. According to him they weren't suppose to ask him questions regarding that. Now I definitely don't defend throwing an object against a wall/window because of it. It was a bad move, but I don't think that was him being obnoxious but him feeling trapped in this box that he can't get out and as a result lashing out when he's hurt (Tweets). I know that it may sound like I'm defending his actions but I'm not. He can be his own worst enemy. I try to mentally  put myself in his situation and wonder how I would deal with it.

KrabbyPatty322
KrabbyPatty322

You're right to say that it's not really possible for me to judge his sincerity, that's why I say it's my personal opinion. Could I be wrong, of course. Also, I totally agree with you that we people get into situations where they lose control, however in this situation I think it was too extreme. I was talking to a friend once about this situation, and he made a great point: Chris brown did not slap or hit Rihanna (not diminishing the severity of that) and then snap out of it - he beat her bad enough to be charged with felony assault. That is not something that many men are capable of. My comment about the spoiled and obnoxious behavior derives from two things: his behavior on good morning America when he started breaking things after being asked a question and from his tweets/public statements. Although I do recognize the hurtful things people must say to him, I don't agree with it but also don't view it as an excuse for him either. I do believe that additional chances can be earned but not easily given.

kyla_3
kyla_3

 Of course I believe assault is wrong. If it's a sin its wrong regardless what the act it is. I guess I'm coming from the standpoint of remorse. How do you judge the sincerity of his heart when he says he's sorry. I do believe we can get caught up in a situation where we lose control and regret our actions. He has apologized and he can't undo what was done. I don't know Chris Brown but  I believe he is genuinely  sorry. I'm all for second chances regardless of who it is. You said he is spoiled and obnoxious. Try listening to: your mother should have aborted you, I wish you were dead, etc, etc. for the last 3 years. But he is spoiled and obnoxious because he responds to insults like these? He shouldn't respond but that's easy for me to say because I'm not going through it.

KrabbyPatty322
KrabbyPatty322

Do I think that people should be considered a "bad person" if they do a "bad thing" - in general, no. Every person and situation is different. But in this specific case, I do personally believe he is a bad person. Again, that is a personal opinion. Not solely based on the fact that he violently assaulted another person, but also due to his behavior post attack. His general lack of remorse coupled with his spoiled and obnoxious behavior led me to that personal opinion. You say its wrong to define a person by a bad thing that they do - do you also think it is wrong to assault someone? I'm curious as to your stance. Along those lines - where do you draw the line, is someone who steals a car a bad person, or is someone who murders someone a bad person? Both of those situations would likely cause someone to define someone based on their actions - where do you draw the line and who decides?

kyla_3
kyla_3

 Okay, so do you think he is a bad person because he did a bad thing? People do bad things everyday but to DEFINE them by that bad thing , I think, is wrong. Especially when they are young and have a lot of growing up to do.

Misty Jean Moore
Misty Jean Moore

I think more people were expecting a review, not a biography. People who don't care about Chris Brown The Person wouldn't care what he releases. I don't really care about Ramp;B/Rapper pasts, it's all bad. Just give me some good music. No of this Call Me Maybe !

KrabbyPatty322
KrabbyPatty322

Yeah, the journalist here definitely has strong feelings about the situation - I can't argue that!  She may be biased, as some people have stated above, personally I respect a person who has a stance on important social issues and uses their influence to bring light to it.  At the same time, I understand that a person just wanting to read a music review find it difficult amid all the discussion around his personal choices.  Again, I think it depends on the person.  Some people are OK with listening to his music despite his background, others are not - definitely a personal choice.  And yes, Call Me Maybe sucks!

Hope Bland
Hope Bland

your article had nothing to do with a review of his album but more of his personal life .  90% of the article you're bashing him . Thats an album review ? Instead of writing a REVIEW about the album , you let your personal dislike of him show . Why is it so hard to forgive him for something the victim herself has forgave him for ? It would be different if he was out here beating up h*es left and right .  Thats a woman beater , HE is just a human that made a MISTAKE . Hes said sorry , hes showed it, you can hear it in the songs Lucky Me , How I feel , Champion , I'll go , Fallin Down . ( sorry if i forgot some songs , i cant think straight when im mad ) What more can he do ?  Hes gonna live his life , talk about the haters . He has haters, Ppl just like you . HE'S HUMAN! Get over it already ! Clearly you dont believe in GOD , if you did then you would know HES THE ONLY ONE TO JUDGE SOMEONE ! You should be fired for writing an article with such hate about sh*t that we already know .

Dinnyq
Dinnyq

MUST Rihanna be mentioned on anything related to Chris Brown? Can't the girl move on without people trying to force her to relive it EVERY DAY of her life? Leave the girl alone! She has since forgiven him and put the incident behind her. Stop trying to bring her back to 2009! Rihanna has no animosity towards Chris and they have since reconciled and become friends. That shows maturity and growth. This is 2012. They are NOT defined by an incident that occurred THREE YEARS ago. Get over it. They have!

aurelio13
aurelio13

 You have Chris Brown to thank for this. Not the writer of the article. Understand who is responsible friend.

iRyanErickson
iRyanErickson

This is the worst review I've read and should be deleted from your website. Melissa Locker should be fired from your writing staff, as she failed to review the album itself, rather judged the album based on some of Chris Brown's past issues that have nothing in relation to the album itself.  I was a huge fan of Time and the work you guys do, but after reading this "review" I will question whether to call myself a fan. Just like you tell people not to buy this album, do you want me to tell people not to read and follow your hard work? I'm truly disappointed.  Readers, don't listen to Ms. Locker; go buy the album like I did and make opinions yourself. I believe it's another Chris Brown classic.

aurelio13
aurelio13

 Your words I feel are proof that the end of all things is near. What is right will be wrong, and what is wrong will be right.  Enjoy your Chris Brown record and be blind to the source of the art. I don't get why you so uncomfortable with the artists true nature.  He is a bad person. Deal with it. It is as clear as saying he is a good singer. It's a fact. He is  a person who does horrible acts. This is his art. Embrace it and him fully if you are a fan. Don't hold up a falsehood of the artist. Be a true fan and embrace him as he is truly. He is actually more interesting as a artist that way. A bad person who sings love songs.

sum41dude
sum41dude

 

Honestly you need to stop saying things like "he is a

bad person. deal with it. it's a fact".

Do you KNOW what a fact is? Thats like me saying "Math is hard. it's a

fact." His fans TRULY believe that he is a good person. And albeit biased,

they have more grounds to make this judgement than you. They have seen every

one of interviews, know every one of his lyrics, seen his demeanor in person,

been to his live shows, and see his true colours. You... listen to the media. I

bet you think he “bought” his grammy. I bet you think he “stole a girls iphone”.

I bet you think “he brought a gun to the BET awards”. You’re a fool.

Don’t tell me I am blind to the source of the art. I’m not.

I think he’s a positive person.

KrabbyPatty322
KrabbyPatty322

Its a bit ironic that you would feel so strongly about an aggressive article to boycott an entire magazine but you would not feel strongly enough about an aggressive physical attack to boycott a violent offender.  Not that you are required to boycott either, just that you you would choose the former over the latter...just at thought.

sum41dude
sum41dude

The difference is - the author didn't make it clear that this was an "aggressive physical attack to boycott a violent offender". They called it a review of his album.

aurelio13
aurelio13

 They reviewed the artist in the article, and the artist happens to make art that is clearly purposefully disconnected from the reality of his soul. So it brings to question the sincerity of his art. I also  makes Chris more interesting because it is clear that his soul is obviously troubled and he appears to distance himself from reality in all of his musical expressions.  Artist expressions when married to the time in their lives they express them is what makes art meaningful. This is how we know a artist.  All mentioned in the article I feel is fair game, relevant and applies to the album. The review is about the music AND the artist that made the music. Can't disconnect the two.

KrabbyPatty322
KrabbyPatty322

I'm not disagreeing with you that the article doesn't stick to the music.  Some people feel his music and his personal life should remain two separate things, others don't.  Also, to be clear, you quoted me a bit out of context. I never said that the article was an "aggressive physical attack" I was stating that the person in which I replied to cared more about an aggressive article than an aggressive physical attack.