It’s rare that Chris Brown grants an interview to a publication these days, but with an album to promote, it looks like Breezy is letting his guard down!
Sitting down with VIBE Magazine, the Royalty singer opened up seemingly more than usual, even getting into details of how he found out that his daughter was his – as well as his suspicions beforehand. (This is an account of events that his daughter’s mother Nia has since refuted in Baller Alert‘s comments, but oddly enough, they’ve taken the post down.)
Below, check out the 7 most interesting things we learned from VIBE‘s chat with Breezy!
1. He’s not here to set an example, so stop coming at him about it.
“It’s not my job to be your role model; my job is to be your inspiration. There’s a difference. You can be that rose in the concrete, or you can be that underdog, or you can be that person that people already cast out, and still be able to maintain and live your life, understand change, and make a difference.”
2. His label’s President, RCA’s Mark Pitts, tried to make him stop rapping on his records.
“I used to fight him on it. Early on, when he was rapping on records, I was trying to keep it at, ‘You’re a singer.’ I was caught up in the idea of ‘Stay in your lane.’ But he got so good at it that I was like ‘Oh my god, you truly rap! You damn-near rapping nicer than a lot of these rappers!’”
3. Chris thought Royalty was his early on.
“I had thought about it. I had saw pictures, and I was like ‘Damn.’ So I asked, and [Nia] was like ‘Nah, it’s not you.’ So I was like cool, I didn’t think it was an issue. But when I found out, it was kind of like, ‘Damn, she looks just like me.’ And I didn’t care about how me and her mother didn’t have a relationship, I didn’t care about any situation. I just wanted to see her. I just wanted to be able to have that opportunity, as something personal to me. I’m not gonna be upset, I’m not gonna be mad. I have to be honest with myself and pick the priorities over the situation. I had to make my priority my daughter.”
4. An exchange of power with his mom made room for some dark days, but they’ve since gotten past them.
“[My mother] spent most of her life trying to take care of me, and I think once I got famous and I had a position, I spent most of my life trying to take care of her. So we would fight, and I would rebel. Because as a man, I wanted to be the one [making] the rules. But I’m still her son.”
5. He’s one with The Lord, but he’ll still let you know what’s up.
“See now, the zen gets confused when a motherf*cker might cuss somebody out. Nah, I’m 100-percent passionate, and at ease with the fact that I might be a little bit crazy.”
6. Usher was/is one of his biggest inspirations.
“If it wasn’t for Usher, then Chris Brown couldn’t exist. When I would look at Usher, I would be like ‘F*ck, he has it.’ The only other guy that I looked at like that was Michael Jackson.”
7. He’s well aware that his legacy will vary in peoples’ eyes, and he’s okay with that.
“Certain people will look at different legacies. Some people might say that Chris Brown is going down in history for hitting a woman. Or some might say that Chris Brown might go down as one of the greatest who ever did it. But I’m cool either way. Because at the end of the day, somebody learned a greater lesson.”
Read the full interview over at VIBE.