Archive for April, 2012

Q&A: Tank Talks New Album, Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes Collaborations

Posted in Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Collaborations, Rap-Up.com, Tank with tags , , , , on April 26, 2012 by breezyworld2

Tank takes it from the bedroom to the club on his fifth album This Is How I Feel, due May 8. The follow-up to 2010’s Now or Never features production from Danja, Troy Taylor, and Kevin McCall, plus collaborations with Chris Brown (“Lonely”), Busta Rhymes (“Nowhere”), and T.I. (“Compliments”).

While out on the road promoting the record, the smooth operator phoned in to Rap-Up.com to discuss his latest work, how Busta Rhymes came through for him at the last minute, collaborating with Chris Brown, and which artists he’s listening to these days. Read on for our exclusive Q&A with the General.

Why did you change the album title from Savior to This Is How I Feel?
I really wanted to make music outside of a box, just not trying to consider every little thing and every little detail. I just wanted to make music however I was feelin’, whatever track I was feelin’, whatever subject matter I was feelin’, whatever collaboration that I was feelin’. I just really wanted to go after that for this album and make a well-rounded album. I think we accomplished that.

How would you compare this album to your previous work?
I think this has the best balance of records, like the R&B records that you would definitely hear in the club or mainstream radio, along with just straight up piano and string ballads. I think we just have something for so many different people on this album. The features just kinda brought it on home with T.I. and Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes. It just made it all official.

How did “Lonely” with Chris Brown come together?
One of Troy Taylor’s producers actually did the beat. I hit Chris and was like, “I know you’re doing your rap thing right now and you actually sound real good doing it.” So in support of him, I was like, “Why don’t you just rap on this song for my album?” And he was like, “Cool.” So I brought the record up there and played it for him and he just went absolutely nuts. So we put him on the rap, let a few 16s on it, then he sang some of the verses with me. When we sent it out online for people to hear, the buzz was just retarded. It was just stupid.

You are also on the remix to Chris’ “F**k the City Up.”
I was actually sitting in the studio. I just drove by there to check on him and see what he got poppin’ and he played it and he was like, “I’m doin’ a remix to it,” and I said, “Listen here champ, if I’m not on the remix, we gonna have a small issue. Our friendship will be in jeopardy.” And he was like, “No, get on it, get on it.” So I went in and laid the verse and the rest is history.

What’s he like in the studio?
We just have fun. We’re really at the point to where we’re doin’ it ’cause we love to do it. It’s not no strain on it or gotta make it go this way or that way. You gotta figure he’s goin’ from pop to urban to rap, so there’s really no rules in there. Whatever we can think of, we just doin’ it. From a work ethic standpoint, we in there from sun up to sun down and then sun up again. So we’re really in there gettin’ it in.

Are we going to see even more collaborations between the two of you in the future?
Absolutely. I think we’ll get on some music and produce some records together as well. That’s the next step.

Talk about the record you have with Busta Rhymes, “Nowhere.”
“Nowhere” is a record that I was fighting hard to get a feature on. I don’t know why it was so crazy getting people to do this record. At the last minute, people just fell out of pocket and I had to turn this song in at 9 in the morning. I called up Busta Rhymes—I hadn’t called him originally ’cause he’s really expensive—and I said, “Man, I need your help,” and he turned his tour bus around and booked a studio in L.A. and recorded the verse for me at 2 in the morning. That’s my guy. Hands down, Busta’s my guy.

Are you planning a tour?
We’re definitely hitting the road. We’re doing promo now, but as far as a tour, we’re gonna look to do that somewhere around June/July to start going in all the markets and really just showing ‘em Tank. I’m gonna do a bunch of dates with Frankie Beverly and Maze, which will be really, really good, and after that we’ll figure out a Tank tour.

Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
Nowadays I find myself listening to more of hip-hop, more of Drake, more of Rick Ross. As far as R&B, of course I check out my little brothers and see what they’re doing, from Trey to Chris. I check in on ‘em and make sure they’re doing the right thing. And that’s pretty much it. Everything else is old, from Jodeci and R. Kelly and Babyface and Boyz II Men.

New Music: Brandy f/ Chris Brown – ‘Put It Down’

Posted in Brandy, Chris Brown, Put It Down, Rap-Up.com with tags , , , on April 26, 2012 by breezyworld2

After taking fans on a retrospective of her life on “Behind the Music,” Brandy offers a glimpse into the next chapter of her career with “Put It Down,” the first single off her upcoming RCA/Chameleon Records debut Two Eleven. Her labelmate Chris Brown spits a verse on the hip-hop-flavored love song, which was written and produced by Bangladesh and Sean Garrett.

“It’s definitely something you have never heard—you probably haven’t heard Brandy over a track like this,” Garrett told Rap-Up.com. “It’s very commercial, but at the same time, it’s got a dope hip-hop influence—it’s club, it’s radio, it’s all formats.”

The single will be released to iTunes on May 8, while album collaborators include Timbaland, Mario Winans, Danja, Hit-Boy, Noah “40” Shebib, Rico Love, Ester Dean, Frank Ocean, and more.

On Set of Chris Brown’s ‘Sweet Love’ Video

Posted in Chris Brown, Rap-Up.com, Sweet Love with tags , , on April 26, 2012 by breezyworld2

Chris Brown is bringing his dream to life. Fresh off the plane from Australia for Supafest, the R&B heartthrob was on set of the video for “Sweet Love,” the Polow Da Don-produced single off his upcoming album Fortune, now due July 3.

Breezy was once again in the director’s chair as he shot the dream sequence on a studio lot in L.A. Women levitated out of their beds as he walked by them on the wet streets. “We directing got em floating!” he tweeted.

Chris will be back in front of the camera when he shoots the video for “Right by My Side” with Nicki Minaj later this week.

Check out some more behind-the-scenes pics below.


Chris Brown teams with Ron English

Posted in Chris Brown, Chris-Brown.us with tags , on April 26, 2012 by breezyworld2

Chris Brown is teaming with prolific street artist Ron English to create a limited line of collectible toys and art sculptures. The joint venture, which Brown announced to Pop & Hiss, will be called Dum English and will be released through noted sculpture manufacturers Garageworks Industries and vinyl toy production house Made by Monsters. The line will launch in L.A. on May 2.

A limited launch of 1,000 toys will be made for the first run and an exhibition showcasing Brown’s street art will open May 2 at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. The show also will feature English’s work and some behind-the-scenes glimpses of their creative process together.

Brown and English also will paint together on a life-size Dum English astronaut sculpture in front of gallery guests. “Hands down right now my guy is Ron English. Ron has to be the more creative, ‘out there’ artist I see. His work is so precise but at the same time so unorthodox,” Brown wrote in a statement. “I think it’s incredible to be able to see him do what he does and be a fan.”

Earlier this year Brown took home his first Grammy, winning the R&B album trophy for “F.A.M.E.” He is currently prepping his upcoming fifth album, “Fortune,” which has been pushed back from May 8 to July 3. Proceeds of sales from the toys will go to Brown’s Symphonic Love foundation, which aims to provide support and funding for arts programs dedicated to women and the artistic development of children. Ahead of the exhibit at the Corey Helford Gallery, Brown and English will appear at TAG on Melrose Avenue for an in-store signing May 2 from 2-4 p.m.

Chris Brown Pit Bull Puppies for Sale

Posted in abcnews, Chris Brown with tags , on April 26, 2012 by breezyworld2

Looking to own a piece of Chris Brown? Try a puppy.

That’s right, Breezy is selling eight pit bull puppies for $1,000 a pop through a website he set up called CB Breeds.

The four male and four female American pit bull terriers were born at the end of February and carry a fourth-generation performance pedigree, according to the site.

No, Brown isn’t getting out of the music business. His rep Maureen O’Connor told The Associated Press that the pups were born to dogs he keeps at his family home in Virginia. She said he’s simply selling them to make sure they go to good homes, not to start a new business.

Brown’s mother recently tweeted a link to the site, which shows closeups of the pups with names like Fortune and Music. At the top of the site is a picture of Brown cuddling a puppy.

Photos: Chris Brown performs at Supafest in Melbourne

Posted in Chris Brown, Chris-Brown.us with tags , on April 23, 2012 by breezyworld2

Photos of Chris Brown performing at Supafest 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

April 21, 2012 – Performing at Supafest in Melbourne, Australia

Photos: Chris Brown parties at Baroq House

Posted in Chris Brown, Chris-Brown.us with tags , on April 23, 2012 by breezyworld2

Photos of Chris Brown partying at Baroq House in Melbourne, Australia.

April 21, 2012 – Partying at Baroq House in Melbourne, Australia