For almost a year Chris Brown has been silently hard at work on a new album. Today the silence is broken on the new project he titled X.
Chris Brown recently invited MTV to a private listening session for the project in Southern California and revealed some details about the project.
“The song and the album title ‘X’ has a couple different meanings. It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from. It’s also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time — it’s me saying, ‘I’m over it. I’m past the bullsh– now.’ “
The album will feature Chris Brown on the R&B tip and he will also showcase his hand at rapping on the project’s first single “Fine China“. The single is produced by Diplo and a video has already been shot and should arrive soon.
“For the first single, I wanted to go more nostalgic, bring Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke to it, but also bring a new sound to what my audience and fans are listening to,” he said. “For this album, I wanted to have the same mentality as I did with the first album — me being green, me not thinking I know what’s hot and what’s next, me just being Chris Brown. I think this will show my vocal ability a lot more. I’ve developed a falsetto, I can sing at a higher register, and I can elaborate more on my skill.”
Chris Brown also wanted it to be known that he worked with Kendrick Lamar on X, for a song titled “Autumn Leaves“. He broke down to MTV what the song is all about.
“If you’re in your car just riding, it’s perfect. It just feels like a weather record — an emotional record,” he said of the slowed-down selection with a bass line that sounds like a heartbeat. “I feel a certain way when I hear it.”
Amongst these songs played to MTV were two more tracks, one being the title song “X” produced by Diplo and the other being “Add Me In” featuring Danja production.
X is slated to be released in the coming months.