Team Breezy it’s time to rejoice again, as Chris Brown has officially set a new release date for his upcoming album, X. If you can remember X was originally suppose to drop back in July, but due to some behind the sense issues the project was pushed back to TBA status. But that’s neither here nor there because X will be hitting retail stores November 19th. X, which features singles “Fine China” and “Don’t Think They Know” is the follow up to Fortune, which didn’t do so well…
Chris has already revealed that we should expect to hear collaborations from Kelly Rowland, Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna, Brandy, and Kendrick Lamar. X will also feature production from Pharrell, Polow Da Don, Timbaland, Danja, Diplo, and Drumma Boy.
Not to long ago Chris spoke with Rolling Stone on the sound of X, which he says, "I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop," Brown notes. "Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes: I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now. There's a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune. I really wanted to demonstrate my vocal ability, creating the vibe of me singing along with a band."
This is really great news to hear! I really want Chris to win this era. I think him leaving behind the typical euro beat sound is a step in the right direction. At the end of the day Chris has the prefect voice for pop music, which would explain why he is so easily compared to Michael who also had the voice for that genre. I can’t wait to hear this album because the description of the sound he is explaining is exactly what I want to hear from him.
The single comes a couple days earlier than expected, albeit in Radio Rip form. Nonetheless, we get to hear a catchy collab from Mario & Nicki Minaj, with Polow's production an instant hit using a sample for the hook (which I didn't expect over Mario singing the hook... but you'll see why it works).
Mario stands out as a highlight on "Somebody Else" with a variety of deliveries in the verses, crooning over a loved one that leaves him. Nicki rocks the slow flow, which I'm not totally feelin, but it rides the beat well. She adds to the story though with the female perspective and that makes her verse more hit than miss. Overall, it's an instant *Tibs Fav. and I hope it becomes a strong mainstream single for an artist I've always liked in Mario. The CDQ will make a big difference so keep in tune for that update.
Here is a dope new weekend roundup of a variety of news and tidbits that happened amongst all the #YeezySeason mania that is going on, hah!
First off, up above, De La Soul performed live with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon. Above is the feel-good "A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturdays" and "Jenifa Taught Me" can be viewed here. De La's got a new album coming out (!) entitled You're Welcome, slated for this Fall.
An intriguing upcoming collab was announced — Mario & Nicki Minaj! Mario revealed the single on the way, produced by Polow Da Don, via a handwritten note from the heart (seen below). May 21st, you can expect to hear this.
The day before (i.e. tomorrow), T.I. will release his new single with Lil Wayne "Wit Me". You can catch the teaser trailer from last Friday here and peep the new single art below.
And below that, you'll notice the tracklist to Ludacris' upcoming mixtape, IDGAF. There's plenty of big-name features on the 10-track opus, set to be released May 24th. Whew! How bout that for some quick-hit news?!
Wait, one late addition: Action Bronson tweeted a collab project with Harry Fraud called Saab Stories will be impacting early June.
From Mario himself: "Somebody Else" f/ Nicki Minaj drops Tuesday, May 21st
T.I. "Wit Me" f/ Lil Wayne single and music video drops tomorrow, May 20th!
Ludacris 'IDGAF' mixtape dropping May 24th (front cover here)