Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Sanga Turnt Rappa?
So you're a 21 year old Pop star with the world at his feet but it all gets taken away after you lay the smackdown on your Pop Diva girlfriend. Now, you're a blog pariah and radio has all but ignored your last album. Many say your career is over. How do you go about repairing your fractured reputation?
Do what Chris Brown did. Become a rapper & make a mixtape.
I mean, where else is beating a woman down not only acceptable but worthy of a pat on the back? R. Kelly's legacy was only strengthened by his penchant for urinating on teenage girls. Mystikal raped a woman and the fans are awaiting his new single with baited breath.
But I digress. Back to the mixtape.
Chris Brown has flirted with rap before on songs like David Banner's Get Like Me and a few mixtape joints in the past but this is the first time he's really stepped out in full on rapper mode. And he's not by himself. L.A.'s Tyga (a.k.a. the only cat on Young Money besides Drake & Nicki who had a career going before they signed with Wayne) steps in to co-captain this effort and if I had to take a guess, I'd say he played a heavy hand in the writing/structuring of CB's rhymes. The two's verses are damn near interchangeable. Surprisingly, Chris can actually flow, even though his punches sometimes leave much to be desired (i.e: "Just keep your eyes on, got a whole buncha niggas behind me wearin' red, Verizon". Ugh!). Tyga is obviously very comfortable rapping and his verses tend to ground the mixtape somewhat. I don't know what an entire mixtape of Chris Brown rapping would sound like but the duo function best when Tyga is on the rhymes & Chris slips back into "Sanga" mode on the bridges & hooks. Don't get it twisted. Even though this tape is billed as Brown's "Rap Debut", it's still very R&B at spots. The songs deal with some standard teeny bopper topics (i.e. falling in love, dealing with an ex, etc.), the sorta stuff you'd find on Bow Wow & Omarion's Face Off album, except it's good and there's an adult edge that makes it listenable for the 25 & over crowd. The production (handled by newbies KMack & Jahlil Beatz) is official and there is a real good vibe between the two artists which makes the tape flow much more organically then the aforementioned Face Off. Standouts include "Dueces", "Movin 2 Fast", "No Bullshit" & "Number One". My only issue is the amount of unnecessary cussing. There should definitely be an NC-17 rating on the cover because "Young" Chris & Tyga Tyga have a severe case of the potty mouth.
Is this tape indicative of the direction Chris Brown needs to take to get his career back on track? In a way, yes it is. I think Graffiti failed to present Brown in the "Adult" image he's so desperately seeking to attain and this tape does a better job at realistically "growing him up" and tactfully touches the issues he had with his ex without being overly dramatic or heavy handed.
Plus, Tyga gets some mainstream exposure (away from Young Money) that gives him an opportunity to show his talent to the masses. I expect to hear alot from this kid in the near future (If Wayne is smart...and that's still up for debate).
But I smoke a ton of weed so I could be completely wrong. Why don't you give it a listen and tell me how far off I am...
Tyga & Chris Brown - Fan of a Fan (Hosted by DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar)
Bonus: The two joints that initially got my attention from this mixtape didn't even make the final cut but I tacked them onto the end of Fan Of A Fan just for good measure (not to mention the fact that I kinda, sorta liked both of them). I threw up the links along with the accompanying videos for your viewing pleasure...
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