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Chris Brown To Release “X”

Chris just got released from prison, and he’s wasting no time releasing new music.  With a hot lead single, “Loyal,” that’s already spent 10 weeks on the charts, Chris Brown, 25, is prepping the world for the release of his sixth album X.  The embattled singer just announced via Instagram that X will be dropping September 16.  Reports say it will be a 2-disc, 10-song spread.

Breezy’s Instagram post was met with 110 thousand likes from his fans.  Some exclaimed, “OMG yessssss,” FINALLY!!!” and “HELL F**KIN YES!!!!!!”  Methinks if “Loyal” was meant to be a double-entendre to test the loyalty of Chris’s fan base (despite his bad behavior), he won with flying colors.

Speaking of “Loyal”: The song’s lyrics are sometimes downright insulting and misogynistic (half of the time they don’t make much sense).  Yet, for all that, I can’t stop singing it!  No Lie.  “Loyal” lies in that territory that Chris does so well: charming velvet vocals tossed over a catchy dance beat and stirred with so-so lyrics.  The surprising thing about Chris is that he can make even derogatory lyrics (i.e. “These hoes ain’t loyal”) sound bubble-gummy sweet.

Breezy recently performed the song at the 2014 BET Awards on June 29 – his first performance since being released from prison.

(To recap  what was wrong with Chris Brown and the whole prison thing, click here.)

He had been sentenced to 365 days behind bars after violating his probation and getting into a fight in Washington, D.C.   Judge James R. Brandlin released him after 100 days, (crediting him with time already served in rehab and jail).  The judge also ordered Chris to attend therapy twice a week and undergo random drug testing three times a week.  In February, court reports revealed that Chris has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, leading to anger issues.  He was first placed on probation in 2009 after a heinous attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

In another Instagram post showing the singer with the jailbird blues, Chris admits to making “a lot of mistakes”.  He says that, “through God I’ve been able to take care of my family!” And he regrets some things but thinks “the lessons learned will shape me into a real man.”

This post was met with a hail of fans expressing their pride and support of him on Twitter.  Nothing like a good confession to bring a celeb back into the light.

One could say X is Chris’s comeback album, his ultimate mea culpa.  But will X be enough to “X” out his past from public memory?  The jury’s out, and the verdict still hangs in the balance. We’ll see who stays loyal.

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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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