What’s Next For Chris Brown?
Chris Brown‘s transition from teen idol to bad boy is complete. He throws around words like “n*gga” and “f*ck” more than a rapper nowadays, his lyrics have gone from the saccharine “I don’t know your name but excuse me miss, I saw you from across the room” on early songs like “Yo” to the raunchy “I bet if I lick that spot you won’t act like that/I miss giving you them backshots, girl you remember that” on his new remix to Drake‘s “Marvin’s Room” and his easy aggravation is so famous (since the Rihanna incident he’s spazzed out on Good Morning America and lashed out via his Twitter account on many occasions against peers like Frank Ocean, etc) that anger management experts like Dr. Kyle Becourtney have said he “really needs to make a commitment to change.” He doesn’t even pretend to hold his tongue anymore, saying exactly what he feels when he feels it (when rumored ex-sex pal Amber Rose‘s vulgar nude pics ‘leaked’ online yesterday, he tweeted: “Just saw the amber rose pics! OMG!!!!!! Looks great..”).
There’s no doubt Chris’s current music offerings are better than ever; songs like “Yeah 3X,” “Deuces” and “Look At Me Now” from his gold-selling F.A.M.E. album are all global pop hits. He’s starred in big-budget films like Stomp The Yard, This Christmas and Takers, headlined festivals such as HOT 97′s Summer Jam and this past weekend’s BET Awards basically became the Chris Brown Show, what with highly publicized award wins, mix-ups and more. But what comes next for the 22-year-old? He’s getting a little too old for teenage shenanigans (not to mention he’s held on to that platinum hair-dye job for way too long now). He seems to consistently be asking Jay-Z‘s immortal question—”Can I live?”—but to this day his mouth gets him in trouble; for example, he tweeted “Y’all n*ggas is gay” last week to a group of photographers he believed tipped off parking-enforcement officers to his illegally parked car, to which he later had to apologize.
It remains to be seen what important steps Chris’s career will take over time, but for now let’s hope his focus remains on producing more great music and less awkward moments—check his BET Awards medley performance of “She Ain’t You” and “Look At Me Now” for an example of Brown at his best: