Chris Brown tells MTV that his favorite artist of ’09 is Juelz Santana (?) and his favorite album is Ryan Leslie’s Transition. He says he plays the album all the time.
Artist of the Year:
“Juelz Santana. … He played me some of his [upcoming] album, and it’s dope. He’s just gotta keep doing him. It took [Lil] Wayne a long time to break mainstream. The last couple years have been his big break. So I think it’s gonna take a while for Juelz to do it, but he got it. Juelz got it. He’s always making great music, so I think he doesn’t have too far to go.”
Album of the Year:
“This year? Man, that’s hard. You know what I listened to a lot? Ryan Leslie’s [Transition] album. He’s a dope artist. He did [my song] ‘Famous Girl’ — he produced it — but he’s just a dope artist. I think creatively he’s so unique that I don’t think people get it yet. He’s just so dope. His album’s incredible. I listen to it all the time.”
I’ll tell you this. In Ryan Leslie’s case, numbers don’t lie.