Chris Brown invited MTV to a private listening session at a Southern California studio recently and spoke on his forthcoming 6th studio album. Chris confirmed the title as X and spoke on concept behind the title:
“The song and the album title ‘X’ has a couple different meanings. It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from. It’s also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time — it’s me saying, ‘I’m over it. I’m past the bullsh– now.’ “
The singer also confirmed that he’s returning to his R&B roots so the album will be have old-school, soul-inspired sounds and showcase a lot of his singing skill. The first single ‘Fine China’ for which a video has already been shot, is produced by Diplo and will also feature a Rap verse.
“For the first single, I wanted to go more nostalgic, bring Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke to it, but also bring a new sound to what my audience and fans are listening to,” he said. “For this album, I wanted to have the same mentality as I did with the first album — me being green, me not thinking I know what’s hot and what’s next, me just being Chris Brown. I think this will show my vocal ability a lot more. I’ve developed a falsetto, I can sing at a higher register, and I can elaborate more on my skill.”
He chose to keep the guests names under wraps but did confirm that Kendrick Lamar will be contributing to a song called ‘Autumn Leaves’. Here’s how he describes it:
“If you’re in your car just riding, it’s perfect. It just feels like a weather record — an emotional record,” he said of the slowed-down selection with a bass line that sounds like a heartbeat. “I feel a certain way when I hear it.”
He mentioned another track called ‘Add Me In’ produced by Danja. The title track ‘X’ will be produced by Diplo as well.