Although he’s worked with DJs like Benny Benassi, David Guetta and Afrojack, Chris Brown is ready to go back to his R&B and hip-hop roots with his forthcoming album, ‘X.’ And the LP’s first single, ‘Fine China,’ written alongside Diplo, is a prime example of this direction.
“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,” Chris Brown told the press. “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 also shared ‘Add Me In,’ a sweet pop song that talks about the mathematics of love, as well as the album’s title track, which is produced by Diplo. Brown says the song blends pop and hip-hop.
Although ‘X’ is an ambiguous title for an album, especially one put out by Brown, who’s been known to be quite open on social networks. However, he explains that the title is open to everyone’s interpretation.
“The song and the album title ‘X’ has a couple different meanings,” he said. “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 bulls— now.’”