Archive for April, 2012
Tank takes it from the bedroom to the club on his fifth album This Is How I Feel, due May 8. The follow-up to 2010’s Now or Never features production from Danja, Troy Taylor, and Kevin McCall, plus collaborations with Chris Brown (“Lonely”), Busta Rhymes (“Nowhere”), and T.I. (“Compliments”).
While out on the road promoting the record, the smooth operator phoned in to Rap-Up.com to discuss his latest work, how Busta Rhymes came through for him at the last minute, collaborating with Chris Brown, and which artists he’s listening to these days. Read on for our exclusive Q&A with the General.
How did “Lonely” with Chris Brown come together?:
One of Troy Taylor’s producers actually did the beat. I hit Chris and was like, “I know you’re doing your rap thing right now and you actually sound real good doing it.” So in support of him, I was like, “Why don’t you just rap on this song for my album?” And he was like, “Cool.” So I brought the record up there and played it for him and he just went absolutely nuts. So we put him on the rap, let a few 16s on it, then he sang some of the verses with me. When we sent it out online for people to hear, the buzz was just retarded. It was just stupid.
You are also on the remix to Chris’ “F**k the City Up.”:
I was actually sitting in the studio. I just drove by there to check on him and see what he got poppin’ and he played it and he was like, “I’m doin’ a remix to it,” and I said, “Listen here champ, if I’m not on the remix, we gonna have a small issue. Our friendship will be in jeopardy.” And he was like, “No, get on it, get on it.” So I went in and laid the verse and the rest is history.
What’s he like in the studio?:
We just have fun. We’re really at the point to where we’re doin’ it ’cause we love to do it. It’s not no strain on it or gotta make it go this way or that way. You gotta figure he’s goin’ from pop to urban to rap, so there’s really no rules in there. Whatever we can think of, we just doin’ it. From a work ethic standpoint, we in there from sun up to sun down and then sun up again. So we’re really in there gettin’ it in.
Are we going to see even more collaborations between the two of you in the future?:
Absolutely. I think we’ll get on some music and produce some records together as well. That’s the next step. – Source: Rap-Up.com
Chris Brown is teaming with prolific street artist Ron English to create a limited line of collectible toys and art sculptures. The joint venture, which Brown announced to Pop & Hiss, will be called Dum English and will be released through noted sculpture manufacturers Garageworks Industries and vinyl toy production house Made by Monsters. The line will launch in L.A. on May 2.
A limited launch of 1,000 toys will be made for the first run and an exhibition showcasing Brown’s street art will open May 2 at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. The show also will feature English’s work and some behind-the-scenes glimpses of their creative process together.
Brown and English also will paint together on a life-size Dum English astronaut sculpture in front of gallery guests. “Hands down right now my guy is Ron English. Ron has to be the more creative, ‘out there’ artist I see. His work is so precise but at the same time so unorthodox,” Brown wrote in a statement. “I think it’s incredible to be able to see him do what he does and be a fan.”
Earlier this year Brown took home his first Grammy, winning the R&B album trophy for “F.A.M.E.” He is currently prepping his upcoming fifth album, “Fortune,” which has been pushed back from May 8 to July 3. Proceeds of sales from the toys will go to Brown’s Symphonic Love foundation, which aims to provide support and funding for arts programs dedicated to women and the artistic development of children. Ahead of the exhibit at the Corey Helford Gallery, Brown and English will appear at TAG on Melrose Avenue for an in-store signing May 2 from 2-4 p.m.
Chris Brown lends an uplifting chorus on “Arena” that’s bound to have you singing along and waving your lighter. Listen to a 30-second snippet of the song below. – Source: Rap-Up.com
Photos of Chris Brown performing at Supafest 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
April 21, 2012 – Performing at Supafest in Melbourne, Australia
Credit goes to: TheAuReview.com for these pictures.
Chris Brown will be performing on the TODAY’s 2012 Toyota Summer concerts series on June 8th. Fans and visitors are encouraged to come to the plaza for the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside TODAY’s window-on-the-world studio, located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Fans should arrive by 6 a.m. for best viewing.