Drake does it. Trey does it. Why can’t Breezy do it too? After releasing his “Real Hip Hop Sh*t” viral video series, it seems Chris Brown is continuing his crusade to head in a more-rapping, less-singing direction on his new mixtape, Boy in Detention. When the R&B singer first tried his hand at the skill that is a very distant cousin of his native genre, the track was met with mixed reviews. Then, in June, he came with a second installment of the series, spitting verses about his appreciation of female affection.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and Brown released “#3″ and “#4″ of the series’ clips, respectively and consecutively, this time backed by beats from well-respected hip hop producer 9th Wonder. After his hugely successful Today Show performance, you’d think Brown would be in good spirits, but content-wise, those two tracks were a bit more aggro than the first two. Addressing his many critics, both old and new, “Real Hip Hop Sh*t #3″ specifically called out TMZ, and many people speculated that both songs were also cross-examining negative comments from Fox News’ O’Reilly Factorcoverage from NBC’s concert.
Now that we have a full mixtape of Chris demonstrating his rapping and singing skills together, it’s beyond clear that his dabbling with hip hop isn’t just a fluke. Also evident, it seems the talented star isn’t at all trying to hide from his controversial history; with the mixtape’s title, he’s tattooing it on his face like Gucci Mane would. But should we be bracing ourselves for a complete departure from his normal lane and mentally prepare for a full rap studio album? It might be too soon to tell. And since hip-hop is such a snooty genre to penetrate and command respect in, is it even worth it for him to try? It will probably come down to who’s in his circle, friends and collaborators alike.
When we spoke with UK rapper Tinie Tempah, he vouched for Chris’ mic skills saying he’d love to work with him, and after taking to his Twitter timeline last month to defend his own fans’ outrage at working with the singer, 9th Wonder is clearly arguing in Chris’ favor as well. If you give the tape a listen, you’ll not only hear a variety of witty lines from Brown, but you’ll hear them over beats from elite hip hop producers like David Banner, Kanye West’s mentor No I.D., and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and having support from those guys is sort of a big co-sign. Also worth mentioning? Boy In Detention has features from Justin Bieber, up-and-coming southern emcee, Big K.R.I.T. and Amber Rose’s boo, Wiz Khalifa, and even manages to deliver a strong reworking of Drake’s vulnerable drunken rant, “Marvin’s Room.” Check out the artwork and track-listing below, and by all means, let us know what you think about Breezy’s ambitious endeavors!
1. First 48 (Prod by Jukebox)
2. Crazy (Prod by David Banner)
3. Freaky I’m Iz feat. Kevin McCall, Diesel & Swizz Beats (Prod by Kevin McCall)
4. Body on Mine feat. Se7en (Prod by Infinity)
5. Spend It All feat. Se7en & Kevin McCall (Prod by Info)
6. Private Dancer feat. Se7en & Kevin McCall (Prod by Cornelio Austin)
7. 100 Bottles feat. Se7en (Prod by DJ Chuckie)
8. Leave the Club feat. Joelle James (Prod by Justice League)
9. Real Hip Hop #4 feat. Kevin MaCall (Prod by 9th Wonder)
10. Your Body (Prod by Hudson Mohawke)
11. Ladies Love Me feat. Justin Bieber (Prod by David Banner)
12. Real Hip Hop #3 (Prod by 9th Wonder)
13. Real Hip Hop feat. Kevin McCall (Prod by 9th Wonder)
14. Snapbacks Back feat. Tyga (Prod by Mike Will)
15. The Best Yo (Prod by Beat Syndicate)
16. Marvins Room Remix feat. J Valentine, Dawn Richard, Se7en & Kevin McCall (Prod. by Ryan M. Tedder)
17. 100% feat. Kevin McCall (Prod by Kevin McCall)
18. Last (Prod by No I.D.)
19. Sweetheart (Prod by Kevin McCall)
20. Strip feat. Kevin McCall (Prod by Tha Bizness)
21. Yoko feat. Berner, Wiz Khalifa & Big K.R.I.T. (Prod by Big K.R.I.T.)
New Mixtape: Chris Brown Boy In Detention [Rap Radar]