Chris Brown Dedicates Video To MCA, Misses The Point (Yet Again)

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Today the perpetually troubled R&B brat Chris Brown released the video for "Till I Die," a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean that waxes semi-poetic about the joys of getting fucked up and eating shrimp-laden pasta. (Is that a sex metaphor? Please say no.) The song itself sounds like a reverse-engineered version of the Karmin cover of Brown's hit "Look At Me Now," only with lyrics to prove that he's still a badass, y'all; the video has a lengthy section that brings to mind the Go-Gos' iconic clip for "Our Lips Are Sealed," only with some Disney-flick-like CGI that dances around the three principals' heads in an effort to represent just how fucked up the substances of which they sing have made them. There is also a dedication to Adam "MCA" Yauch, the recently deceased Beastie Boy slash activist slash all around great guy. Which is a nice gesture! Except when you look at it in the context of not just this video, but Brown's very recent behavior.


Chris Brown feat. Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean, "Till I Die"

Since he assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammys in 2009, Brown has had what you might call a "complicated" profile, with fans explaining away his every move, critics completely dismissing him, and radio programmers being OK enough with him to play the hell out of "Look At Me Now" and his other recent singles over and over again. Complicating any sort of road to public redemption is Brown's public persona, which has been increasingly petulant in a noxiously Durstian "fuck the haters" way—and his brattitude has been taken to a level that, depending on your perception of him, is either even more bad-ass or more stomach-turning thanks to the publicist-free zone that is social media, where every thought can be broadcast as instantly as one can say "tweleted."

This reached something of a peak/nadir over the weekend, when Brown, ascendant yell-rapper Meek Mill, and the sourly sensitive Drake tussled over Mill being featured on a Brown record; Brown apparently dropped Mill from a song because of rumors that the latter had been dallying with Rihanna (because, hey, why not act like a slam-book-toting eighth grader while making decisions about your career). All of this led to some locker-room snickering about Rihanna being made public, with each member of the trio getting in their own digs. (I hesitate to use the term "slut-shaming" because it's become something of an overused term, but this fits it to a T.) It was gross and despair-inducing, and the (dumb) clip for "Till I Die" being dedicated to MCA on the heels of it happening can't help but make one wonder if Brown actually, you know, listened to the Beastie Boys' songs beyond those on Licensed To Ill. Hey, Chris, if you're reading this, here's one!


Beastie Boys, "Sure Shot"

Skip to the 2:08 mark, Chris. You can read along here.

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Sammy D
Sammy D

 People like crap eh? Well I guess "people" would disagree then wouldn't they, making it... not crap. See the paradox there? I'm cool with people having their own opinions, but not cool with having this music elitism bullcrap that essentially says "my taste in music is right, and everyone else's is wrong"

Tylashemwell
Tylashemwell

Text 3060402 to 69937 for Night Time by Tyler Shemwell...G-ESTEEM. /I'm I doing too much/Or losing my touch/...a brilliantly written song about "can't wait until night time to party," with lines like,/Riding through the slum/Where I'm from/A place where crack fiends and fat girls love me the most/Some never made it home to take their work clothes off/Afraid they going to miss something/.This negro can rhyme. -"Real and A Good Time". STAY BOW-LEGGED & THICK. G-ESTEEM (Presidential Election Nov 6, 2012).

Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson

I think the bigger problem with Chris is that he flat out sucks. Yes, he beat his sweetie and he's a piece of shit bastard for it and anyone who defends him on that point is incredibly delusional (but don't take my word for it; look at all of Team Breezy's female followers of Twitter who want nothing but to fuck the loser regardless).  But he sucks. Period. And people like crap, so he will remain a success. 'Nuff said.

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Moïse Breezy
Moïse Breezy

evryday still same shit talk about Chris Brown that's really sad, so people when are you gonna stop talkin' shit about him instead to admire the work he's doin' for you? demn

James Temple
James Temple

"admire the work he's doin' for you?" Ha ha! You must be kidding! Wake up. His music is Garbage! 

Moïse Breezy
Moïse Breezy

people likes you doesn't know the meaning of forgiveness is really sad for ours society and im not wishing that you gonna be in same situation as CB but one day if something like that happen to you pleasse don't looking for forgiveness

This is laughable
This is laughable

sorry but what the FUCK did I just read? this whole article seems to based off an assumption (from where you got it.. I have no idea) that Chris Brown doesn't even listen to the Beastie Boys. Who are you to make that call?

And someone above me told you to get more informed. You said .. how? I'll tell you how:

"joys of getting fucked up and eating shrimp-laden pasta" - do you even know what this song is about?

"Except when you look at it in the context of not just this video, but Brown's very recent behavior." - who does that? Say my friend died - is my 'RIP friend" out of place if I am a bad person?

"This reached something of a peak/nadir over the weekend," - did you just tune into news about Chris Brown? It would seem so.

"Brown apparently dropped Mill from a song because of rumors that the latter had been dallying with Rihanna" - oh good! so you're using "rumours" as evidence for your article!!

David
David

What's really noxious is the overbearing sanctimonious tone of this entire article, writing the drivel you must think your readers want to see about Brown, without actually having a well enough informed opinion of your own to write anything above simple 'shit slinging'.

Chris Brown isn't the one looking like a moron at the end of this article.

James Temple
James Temple

Chris Brown doesn't need this article to look like a moron. He's done that all by himself. How anyone could be a fan of this douchebag is beyond me. 

Southen061
Southen061

@ David I agree with  you totally .

maura
maura

And if you think all those dudes' snickering about Rihanna is in any way appropriate or not gross, I feel bad not just for you, but for any woman you might come in contact with. 

JustMe
JustMe

Ha... funny. Don't blame anyone but Rihanna for the way she is being talked about. She did it to herself!! Your complaining, she is not. Rihanna has stated in so many words that she could give a f*ck about what anyone says, she still gonna do what the f*ck she wants. And I LOVE iT!!

maura
maura

It's still gross from a perspective of "humans treating each other like humans," just FYI. Misogyny isn't OK just because a woman has decided to sanction it. 

Antonio Fortson
Antonio Fortson

Rihanna has became a bad chick since her and Chris split,and I don't mean bad in a good way either!

maura
maura

Pray tell, how could my opinion be more "informed"? I don't like the song and the MCA dedication is a cheap land grab. It's not that difficult! 

Anne Stapleton
Anne Stapleton

Wow - you should write for the snipey Sandra Rose gossip blog - sounds like you despise the boy even more than she does, and you write it up so eloquently. You seem to buy the rumors but give the 'troubled boy' no credit for what he has accomplished in his field. You probably buy the rumor that he bought his Grammy - and that he buys the kudos other musicians give him for his videowork.

Yes, he acts like a real jerk sometimes. But you (and many others) take your criticism to a very one-sided extreme. He may whine sometimes, but you all are bullies -  all of the time.

maura
maura

I actually went to great paints to debunk the "bought a Grammy" rumor on Facebook and in other places. It had zero credibility (why people don't Google so-called "official statements" in order to see if they're actually *official* will never cease to boggle my mind). But for Brown to ride the coattails of a beloved figure *who was an avowed feminist* while snickering about a woman's sexual history is noxious.

Anne Stapleton
Anne Stapleton

Appreciate your response on the Grammy rumor - but why is it so hard for you to mention in your article that he finally got one this year? Yes this new video is trash but it doesn't represent the bulk of Chris Brown's work. 

James Temple
James Temple

Yes it does! Milli Vanilli won a Grammy. It's really not a big deal to win one. Brown is a talentless loser who beat up his girlfriend and has acted like a wannabe toughguy punk ever since. MCA probably thought the same about him. End of story.

maura
maura

I avoid puffery like "Grammy-winning" in my writing as a rule unless it's directly relevant to the subject at hand. (Ask the people I edit.) His Grammy for his past work really isn't relevant to the events of the last few days. 

Depitan
Depitan

well said you are totally baised about this young boy...and you obviuosly dislike him why are people so judgemental?one mistake at 19 and you want to skin him alive.look for better things to write about not a talented young man who made one mistake in his life and you wont let him be...and can i ask you one question are you perfect?and what do you do behind closed doors?get a life and write better things cos no matter your criticism chris brown is still talented and people will keep buying his records.

lizzie
lizzie

You talk about him as if he committed a 'little mistake' which is not accurate at all. I am a huge fan of his music, dancing, acting, art, etc. skills, don't get me wrong however, I am not a fan of his attitude or what you call, a simple 'mistake.' You talk about his mistake as if he only committed a simple addition error, which is not true. You see, a math error is a mistake, you can erase it, recount, and fix your little mistake; Brown however, did not do a 'little mistake' what he committed was a life changing screw-up not a 'little mistake' like you speak of it. He brutally beat his girlfriend, he had a major life chaging screw-up NOT a little, simple 'mistake' like an inaccurate addition problem, it is much more complex and serious. I do agree that the media and people pick on him and judge every little action he does which NOT right, it is completely wrong, hurtful, and judgemental. I understand the seriousness of the situation however, he is a human being and does not deserve to be treated like this. However, what people need to understand is that it was a very serious matter, domestic violence is not something you simply 'move on' from, it is a very serious world-wide problem (I don't think you comprehend that) that affects the two individuals involved drastically and should not be simply dismissed as a 'mistake' and 'not a big deal' because it is all the opposite.

maura
maura

(This is actually a response to Anne's response because Disqus won't allow nesting of comments this deep. Sorry.) 

You know what, though? He still has a fair amount of privilege and clout. Yes, he's quite disliked by a vocal number of people, but he also has a large number of fans, as this comment section can attest. Dude needs to grow up and examine his actions and look at  *why* people might dislike him, instead of throwing tantrums and engaging in inept PR moves -- the latter of which this was. 

I am very much not a wolf. I treat artists more fairly than a lot of other writers out there, and have even in the past put forth the idea that maybe giving Brown a bit of a break would allow him to grow. But when they engage in bullshit behavior, which that Twitter session was (and rest assured I'm just as disgusted by Meek Mill and the horribly gross Drake) I'm going to call them on it. Especially if it involves them using their stations as powerful men to reinforce patriarchal ideas re: who can be sexual and who can't. Because for heterosexual men to act on their urges, they *need* women to have and act on them as well, and to punish women for doing just that is incredibly shitty.

Anne Stapleton
Anne Stapleton

 I did not see anyone here call it a 'little' mistake. I certainly don't. But it hasn't appeared to be a chronic problem with Chris Brown. And I wish it didn't constantly hang like a dark cloud over him. I wish he could do one interview to the deal with the issue - show how he is feeling about it - how wrong he knows it was, but also what its like to be so hated. Of course this is probably pie in the sky and would blow up in his face. More food for the wolves - like Village Voice.

Antonio Fortson
Antonio Fortson

That's true,people will keep buying his music,everyone makes mistakes,but damn leave the guy alone!!! Team Breezy

maura
maura

"Talent" is one thing. "Learning from your so-called heroes" is another. Feel free to figure out the difference between the two! It's pretty vast! 

Moïse Breezy
Moïse Breezy

demn do you have something else to tell us???? because all thing is like déjà vù

Depitan
Depitan

Bessides you dont get the best out of someone when you bully him....All you do is to try and condemn all he does why?you so called writers and media are most times the architects of the misfortunes of majority of this celebrities.You write lies and fabricated stories and even write  awful things about them.At the end of the day they are human and also have blood flowing in their viens,have you ever thought of that?.Then when they are destroyed the hypocrites called writers and media sing praises of them.this was done to likes of Michael Jackson,whitney Houston e.t.c.The latest victim is Justin Bieber i now see that the media will make you then they will break you.Chris please develop a thick skin to all this nonsense stay focused and learn from your mistakes all the best.

Sarah Oleksyk
Sarah Oleksyk

I'm absolutely amazed you call someone a "bully" for accurately criticizing a man who brutally battered a woman.

Rawbdawwgg
Rawbdawwgg

Actually, Maura, you appear to me to be a bully.......no one has the right to criticize someone ad nauseum for years and years after they make a mistake.  This is particularly true in light of the fact that over THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of intimate relationships in the United States have some sort of domestic violence during the course of the relationship.   That is what I call a human condition, and people who criticize Chris Brown lack the critical thinking to realize when they do so they are also criticizing over THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of the citizens of the United States!!  I wonder how it feels for Rihanna that this issue from over three years ago continues to be brought up in the media OVER and OVER and OVER again?  I wonder where the criticism has been for artists such as Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain, and Eminem (just a few of a very long list) who have also engaged in domestic violence in their relationships? I'm sorry, Maura, but you lack critical thinking. 

maura
maura

As I've said before, I've actually put forth the notion that lessening the pressure on him might help him grow as a person (and I still stand behind that). And I am calling him out for being a gross sexist on Twitter EARLIER THIS WEEK, when he was slut-shaming his ex. That he tried to ride the coattails of a beloved feminist ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER calling a woman a whore is fucked up. 

Sammy D
Sammy D

 This is what happens every time - someone makes a stupid little article that is either misinformed or just flat-out petty and quite extreme at that, and then when someone criticizes the article for being exactly that, the defense is "well he beat a woman, so we can say whatever we want". Well then make a god damn article about how he beat a woman! Stop using that as a defense for everything. Anne is calling the author a bully because he/she is being frustratingly condescending in this particular situation, Anne is not defending the incident. If this article was about his incident with Rihanna, then Anne would not be saying that the author is being a bully

If you want to keep bringing it back to that incident, then don't make dumb articles like this. Make an article about domestic abuse.

rendit
rendit

"because, hey, why not act like a slam-book-toting eighth grader while making decisions about your career"

Works for Liz Phair.

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