Archive for June 20, 2012

Chris Brown Talks Ancient Aliens, Michael Jackson, & His Legacy

Posted in Photos on June 20, 2012 by breezyworld2

With two weeks to go before his album Fortune drops, Chris Brown granted a rare interview to Fuse. He discussed how “ancient aliens” inspired the cover artwork, some of his collaborators including Nas and Diplo, pioneering a new concept for iTunes, and dealing with the changing music industry, while throwing in some expletives to get his point across.

During the sit-down with Esteban, Breezy also reminisced about performing “Thriller” for his idol Michael Jackson and a collaboration that was in the works. Plus, find out what legacy he hopes to leave behind.

On his album artwork: “You can see on the album cover, it’s like a code. That’s an encryption for my fans. I wanted to do something different because I’m into ancient aliens. I like being stuff that’s other than what everybody expects. … When they look in the booklet, they’ll see the different code. Some of it says I love Team Breezy or it’ll say certain things directed to them and they’ll know it if they break the code.”

On what Fortune means: “I wanted Fortune to be the blessing of having it. It’s not money, wealth for me. It’s basically the blessing of being able to do it. I’m fortunate to do it. I want everything to be top notch.”

On his “rarities and B-sides” concept: “I have a gang of records, so what I do is I give ‘em to iTunes. Instead of releasing it free, for a lesser price you get it. It gives the artist a chance to get the exposure that they need. … Instead of going through the label riff-raff and all the bull, let’s split the royalty and do it like this so we both get paid. The industry is so broke that it’s starting to kill our creative side.”

On the shifts in the music industry: “I started when they had the $600,000, $800,000 video budgets. My ‘Run It!’ video was around that. Now you get it where people are like, ‘We got $50,000.’ It’s really killing us in a sense because nobody believes in the brand anymore. If we don’t do it, who gon’ do it? So I’m like f**k it, I’ma do it myself.”

On performing for and meeting Michael Jackson: “That was probably one of the greatest moments in my career ’cause I got a chance to perform for him. People loved the performance. I went backstage and met him. He said hi to my mom. He was respectful. It was just one of those great times in my life.”

On a collaboration with the King of Pop: “Me and him had talked countless times through our people. We were working on records and we were working on some stuff. But God has other plans.”

On following in MJ’s footsteps: “My legacy is not to be Michael Jackson, but to just be me. … I want to make him proud. I don’t want to make it an effort to copy because I hate clones, so I don’t want to be a clone.”

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Enter Chris Brown’s ‘Fortune’ Scavenger Hunt – Clue #2

Posted in Photos on June 20, 2012 by breezyworld2

With his album Fortune two weeks away, Chris Brown is taking Team Breezy on a scavenger hunt. The R&B superstar will be dropping clues across the web and if you can correctly answer his questions, you may win some cool items from Breezy’s personal collection or the ultimate grand prize, a trip to one of his favorite cities. You can find clue #2 right here on Rap-Up.com.

Clue #2: In his music video for “Strip,” Chris Brown is wearing a cap by which hockey team?

Prize: Custom autographed hat worn by Chris during his electrifying performance of “Kiss Kiss” at the 2007 American Music Awards.

Think you know the answer? If so, click here to enter.

Find out how to play and read the official rules.

Chris Brown Unlocks ‘Fortune’ Commercial

Posted in Chris Brown, Fortune, Rap-Up.com with tags , , on June 20, 2012 by breezyworld2

Chris Brown drums up anticipation for his fifth album Fortune with a suspenseful commercial. One of the younger members of Team Breezy walks through an abandoned warehouse, dodging shadowy figures before pulling a glowing cube from his knapsack. The mysterious object unlocks a secret code, which reveals Chris Brown himself. The singer quickly disappears into dust, leaving behind a copy of Fortune and an awestruck fan.

New Music: Chris Brown – ‘Calypso’

Posted in Calypso, Chris Brown, Rap-Up.com with tags , , on June 20, 2012 by breezyworld2

Nearly two years after first teasing the song, Chris Brown’s “Calypso” finally surfaces. The ladies’ man oohs and aahs over the sultry, guitar-laced cut. The Polow Da Don-produced track will go on sale at digital retailers on Tuesday. Get swept away by his seductive sound.

Father’s Day Candids: Chris Brown, Andre 3000, Young Jeezy, Game, Swizz Beatz

Posted in Andre 3000, Chris Brown, Game, Rap-Up.com, Swizz Beatz, Young Jeezy with tags , , , , , on June 20, 2012 by breezyworld2

The dads got their due this Father’s Day as celebrities paid tribute to the father figures in their lives. Chris Brown took a break from his busy schedule and returned home to spend the day with his pops.

Fresh from Ireland where he was shooting the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side, André 3000 joined his OutKast partner-in-rhyme and fellow father Big Boi for a poolside party with their kids.

Young Jeezy kicked it with his son and his mother, who he presented with Louis Vuitton luggage for her birthday. Game received a framed photo of his family from his daughter Cali Dream. The Weeknd poured out some Hennessy with Drake’s father Dennis Graham. Jaden Smith and his famous father Will posed together for a father-son pic, while Swizz Beatz enjoyed some fun in the sun with his wife and youngest son Egypt.

See how some of hip-hop and R&B’s biggest stars spent their Father’s Day.

Chris Brown and Drake Involved in Club Altercation [Update]

Posted in Chris Brown, Drake, Rap-Up.com with tags , , on June 20, 2012 by breezyworld2

What was supposed to be a celebratory evening turned ugly when Chris Brown was attacked at a nightclub. The “Turn Up the Music” singer was toasting Teyana Taylor’s new deal with G.O.O.D. Music when the altercation occurred, prompting speculation that Drake and his crew were to blame.

Brown, along with Drake, Trey Songz, Meek Mill, Wale, and French Montana, was at W.i.P. at Greenhouse in New York on Wednesday night when bottles were thrown in his direction. One ended up striking his face and leaving a nasty cut. He recounted the incident on Twitter before deleting his tweets.

“Ni**as throwing bottles! Y’all ni**az weak!” tweeted Chris in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“Ok! Ni**as stand behind security!!!! Ok! U don’t pay them enough!” he added. “Ni**as hiding in the bathroom bitch ass ni**as! And I’m the singer?”

He posted a photo of the injury on Instagram, but brushed it off. “Bottles? It’s nothing! Lol,” he said. “Ni**as is pu**y! How u party wit a rich ni**a that hate? Lol…. Throwing bottles like girls? #shameonya!”

According to several witnesses, the bottles came from Drake’s area of the club. The two are rumored to be feuding over their relationship with Rihanna.

While Drake remained silent, Meek Mill chimed in to proclaim his innocence. “It wasn’t me…. (shaggy voice) lol,” he tweeted.

UPDATE: Drake has denied his involvement in the brawl. “Drake did not participate in any wrongdoing of any kind last night at W.i.P,” a rep for the Canadian rapper tells TMZ. “He was on his way out of the club when the altercation began.”

According to TMZ, Meek Mill was the one involved in the fight. The Maybach Music MC and Chris started trash talking each other and things quickly escalated into a shouting match before bottles were thrown. Their argument was reportedly not over Rihanna.

UPDATE 2: Chris Brown’s rep has released the following statement: “Chris, Karrueche [Tran], and his friends were victims of a brutal attack last night at W.i.P. They sustained several injuries. Chris and his party are cooperating with NY authorities who are pursuing this incident further.”

He also returned to Twitter, writing, “Me and @MeekMill ain’t on that bullshit. Real respect Real….”

UPDATE 3: TMZ is now reporting that Drake instigated the brawl by giving the middle finger to one of Chris’ bodyguards and shouting, “I’m about to go whoop that ass!” Chris’ entourage responded with some crude hand gestures before Drizzy went to get backup from Meek Mill, Juelz Santana, and Trav B.

Drake allegedly told Chris, “You be on that ho s**t on Twitter n***a,” referencing a recent Twitter war between Chris, Drake, and Meek Mill over Rihanna. An altercation ensued, but witnesses say Drake was not physically involved. Innocent clubgoers were injured, as well as Chris’ bodyguard Big Pat.

UPDATE 4: Chris Brown has reportedly spoken with detectives and his lawyer has presented the NYPD with “physical evidence” to show that Drake and Meek Mill were the aggressors. Chris is currently considered “a witness and a victim.” Meanwhile, Drake has been “cooperating” with authorities, but he is not a suspect at this time. Sources now tell TMZ that someone in Chris’ camp may have been inciting Drake and his crew.