In June 2015, once the Tyga collaboration Fan of a Fan: The Album had run its course, Chris Brown released the first single from his seventh proper album. Woozy ballad "Liquor," with its hook of "All I wanna do is drink and fuck, drink, drink, and fuck," was not atypical for him. The title and cover of its parent album, however, once publicized, seemed to signal a potential shift farther away from the carousing and belligerence that have dominated his work since Exclusive.
On Chris Brown’s seventh studio album Royalty, we find our R&B protagonist extolling the virtues of a life defined by a desire to “drink and fuck” at the club, yet also wanting to be the best father possible for his newborn daughter in whose honor the release is named. Six years removed from one of the most harrowing and redefining moments of his career and life, Tappahannock, VA native Brown appears caught squarely in the midst of a “Peter Pan” vortex. At the young age of 26, Brown’s lived a life that makes him seem twice as old as he actually is.
If I had only one word to use to describe Chris Brown's latest studio album, Royalty, it would be mistake. The most compelling thing about Chris Brown the artist is that he has all the components to be excellent—as in the sort of megastar his most ardent supporters often say he should be—but rarely is that reflected on his albums. He’s a decent singer with a nice tone, a proven songwriter, and an excellent performer, so in theory, he should be to the 2010s what Usher was to the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Chris Brown performs this month in Chicago. His new album, “Royalty,” came out Friday and vaulted to the top of the iTunes chart. Chris Brown performs this month in Chicago. His new album, “Royalty,” came out Friday and vaulted to the top of the iTunes chart.. Hours after a judge in ….