Chris Brown Repents But Not Really
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2014

  • Posted by: Austin Price

Oh hey look, it's Chris Brown in the news again and he's admitting that his copious consumption of drugs and his time hanging out with gang members and "doing gang stuff he wasn't supposed to be doing" might have done some damage to his art and his reputation. As if this was a revelation...

"When I was doing the Lean and all that other stuff I'd be sitting in the booth asleep, with the music playing," he told radio station host Ebro on Hot 97 on Friday. "I don't wanna be a zombie when I go meet people, or say the wrong thing or end up punching somebody or doing something crazy, like I did [so I quit doing all of that]."

Which might be well and good -- people do, in fact, change -- but for the fact that he often punctuates these comments with a laugh (since beating people's a real hoot, isn't it?) and the fact that he whines about how his name is being tarnished by "yellow journalists" who are quick to focus on his behavior over his art seems to suggest that he's maybe a little less than repentant.
It's not that I like harping on this kind of thing, especially since I think artists should be judged more by their art than their personal lives, but Brown and Ebro choose to focus on these topics. They give Brown's music two seconds of discussion at the very beginning but quickly turn their focus to Brown's personal life and, far from making it a topic of contrition, spin it so that it's Brown who is somehow the victim in all of this (because god forbid people be held accountable for their actions).

Could it be because they understand that there's a gold-mine in this publicity, that there's money to be made from Chris' bad boy image (which would make them no better than the yellow journalists they deride)? The pop music game has always been about building a product, after all, and the most valuable asset a product has is its image, so it's not surprising that they would choose to harp on this but it is unsettling. If you want to divorce Brown from his past then the best way to do that is to have him apologize sincerely and then focus on the art rather than spinning this into a story about how badly he's been mistreated.

Watch the first part of the interview below:

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