As Chris Brown gets ready for the release of his new studio album, Breezy, he has been giving a lot of interviews. In a sneak peek of his upcoming Drink Champs interview with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, Chris Brown says that Diddy passed up a chance to sign him when he was a younger artist.
“The funniest part is that Diddy turned me down, which a lot of people don’t know,” Chris said. “Now it’s love. This is family, and this is my brother… Imma keep it 100. This was before I went to the Def Jam shit when I was 12 years old. It was me and TJ, one of the sons of my production manager. TJ is still my brother, but he and I were like a group-“
After Chris Brown‘s long-awaited new album, Breezy, came out, the Virginia-born singer joined the guys of Drink Champs to talk about his upcoming album and share some secrets about how he grew up in the music business.
The “Iffy” singer said that he almost became a Bad Boy recording artist but was rejected by Diddy. “I’m going to keep it 100. So I was about 12 at the time. This was prior to my linking to Def Jam. It was me and TJ, the son of one of my production managers; he’s my brother to this day. “We were like a group,” Brown explained.
In a separate appearance, Brown expressed his conviction that R&B has become “obsolete” in the face of hip-ubiquity—a hop’s contentious hot take and source of much dispute.
“It’s outmoded in the sense that it was predominant, meaning like, you used to listen to the radio and they had an R&B day,” he explained on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast with Gillie Da Kid and Wallo. “Not to take anything away from Hip-Hop, but it has simply dominated sh*t.” Hip-Hop can’t be hated by a ni**a. I enjoy it because I am a part of it.
Allow all Hip-Hop to be heard, but I feel like—without sounding lame—really there’s no more artistry left in that type of showy area. A lot of R&B artists have to be introverted or appear to be emo, and if they aren’t, they will be labeled as neo-soul. That does not sit well with me. However, I believe there is a scarcity of confident male singers.”
In another clip from the episode, Chris discussed how Bow Wow was meant to be included in his 2005 hit song “Run It!” Julez Santana, on the other hand, was featured.
“Shad is my brother man, but Shad be cappin’ sometimes, but I love Shad,” Chris said. “So Bow right? He definitely was the first person who said, ‘Look you wanna get on tour? I’m gonna show you how to do that.’ It was like he was not a hater… The bow was like the first one. When we did ‘Run It!’ in Hit Factory in Miami I was like 14 and he was like, ‘Well who do you wanna feature?’ and I was like, ‘Juelz Santana.’”
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