In an interview this week with New York Post’s Page Six Magazine, embattled hip-hop star Chris Brown says he is done apologizing for the incident involving then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. He says that if he walks around all day apologizing about it, he would look like a fool. According to him, he’s a grown a– man. My perspective on Mr. Brown is quite different from what he is say. I’m going to take a line from Family Guy and give Chris a “compliment sandwich”, where I start with a compliment, see where he can improve, and then end with a compliment. Snarky? Perhaps.
When Chris Brown came out in 2005 with his song “Run It”, I became an instant fan. When I was at my college in Providence, RI, you couldn’t go to a house party or club that didn’t play that song. He was fresh, innovative, and unique, which made him stand out more then the other flavor of the minute artists that were out then. He became a huge star after that, releasing two big albums, grammy nominations and was adored by millions. He has had number one R&B hits such as “Kiss Kiss”, “Wall To Wall”, “Say Goodbye” and “With You”, and has reached multi-platinum status as a result of these songs. His image in my eyes was very positive as his videos were never risque and had an upbeat element to them which i really liked. Moral of this part was, he had a good thing going.
Then the night before Grammy night when he got into that huge altercation with Rihanna, and then pictures surfaced of the result, my jaw completely dropped. This was so out of leftfield for someone like him, and I never saw this coming. After the incident, he stayed quiet for months and it seemed to be that he dropped out of society. When he finally did his first interview with Larry King on Larry King Live, the whole thing to me just seemed put on. Then he did one with Sway on MTV and I felt the same way. I personally don’t feel the public really got a heartfelt apology, seeing as what he did was beyond apologetic and it felt just off. The performance he did at the BET Awards last year to Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror”, in which he cried, felt put on. I feel like with this whole incident there wasn’t a happy medium. It either came off as not enough, or forced. The good thing with him though was that he was trying, and not necessarily shying away from what had happened.
There is still a part of me that really likes Chris Brown. His last album that he released no one really heard because many music stores refused to sell it, and to be quite honest the first two songs he released weren’t what we were used to from him. Since then, he has scored a number one song on the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts with “Deuces”, which also landed at number one on the BET Top 100 Videos of 2010. “Yeah 3X” has been a top 20 staple on ITunes and the charts, and he got really good reviews for his latest song “Look At Me Now” featuring Busta Rhymes. His album “F.A.M.E.” comes out soon, and it is yet to be seen how well it will do. My perspective is this. I can understand him not wanting to apologize anymore, because it is like kicking a dead horse. At the same time, people can forgive, but they won’t forget. If his way of giving back to the public is completing community service, coming out with really great songs like he has, and continuing being the guy we knew back before this whole thing started, then keep giving it. I’m still a fan of his and am hopeful for his future in this industry. Good luck, Chris!