Chris Brown’s Artistic Fortune

By Zuleka Pukwana

Singer, song-writer, rapper, dancer and actor; Chris Brown is known for far more than just his musical talents. Brown has been in the news recently for everything but his music particularly after his very public altercation in 2009 with then-girlfriend Rihanna. After pushing the release date a couple of times, Brown released Fortune, his fifth studio album, on 3 July 2012. This album has more of an upbeat, dance; RnB and electro-pop feel to it. Like all of his other albums he focuses on dance, girls and sex.

One of my favourite tracks on the album is ‘Mirage’, Chris works with Nas to create a very catchy and upbeat tune. He talks about his girl not knowing what he’s been through, “People telling all of those crazy lies to ya. You believe em all don’t wanna accept the truth. Who the f*** you’re kidding, kidding. What’s the use? Sad to see you playing the fool. You don’t know half the s*** a nigga been through”. He follows a very similar formula for ‘Don’t Judge Me’ and refers to his relationship with future girlfriends and he asks them to not judge him for his past but to rather focus on the future and things that will make their relationship last “take me as I am, not who I was”. This is a very personal album and he opens up quite a bit on this album.

A lot of the songs on this album are very raunchy such as ‘Strip’ft. Kevin McCall, ‘2012’ and ‘Biggest Fan’. He comes across as very rough and forceful on these particular tracks. With lyrics such as “no is not an option”, “Girl, you better not change your mind. ‘Cause girl, we got one night only” on ‘Biggest Fan’ and “Take it off I wanna love you and everybody wanna touch you. You movin right wanna see what’s up under then back it up, beep beep like a trucker. Nice thighs, nice waist, and you know I can’t forget about your face. But don’t none of that matter I’m about to make your pockets fatter” on ‘Strip’.

Unlike on his last album F.A.M.E. auto-tune is not used on this album and we hear the voice that the world fell in love with on his debut album as can be heard on songs like ‘4 years old’ and ‘Party Hard/ Cadillac (Interlude)’.

This album is for die-hard Chris Brown fans and is not his best work. Exclusive and F.A.M.E. are better alternatives for anyone listening to Chris Brown for the first time.

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