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Chris Brown Gets Personal With Rihanna On Leaked 'Graffiti' Tracks
Though Chris Brown hasn't discussed the intimate details about his assault of Rihanna in interviews to promote the Dec. 8 release of "Graffiti," several tracks from the just-leaked album seem to directly address the singer's feelings about his ex-girlfriend.
"I might have cheated in the beginning/ I was wrong for writing 'Disturbia'/ But I meant it in 'Forever'/We were supposed to be together/And I can't let you go," Brown sings on "Famous Girl." The 20-year-old wrote the song "Disturbia" for Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" album, while "Forever" likely refers to his own hit of the same name that spawned a viral wedding video.
Brown also sings, "Sorry I bust the windows out your car," on the song, possibly alluding to reports that he smashed the window of a vehicle during an argument with Rihanna that occurred before the February assault.
In addition to "Famous Girl," Brown dabbles in various influences throughout "Graffiti," from dance and rock to reggae, pop and of course, R&B. The slow jam "Take My Time" features Tank and recalls Brown's smooth-talking 2008 single "Take You Down." On the '80s-influenced "I.Y.A.," Brown AutoTune'd voice echoes, "I wanna wake up in your arms." Producers Da Bizness and Brian Kennedy, who also worked on "Disturbia," borrow from Eric Prydz's 2005 European Hot 100 chart-topper "Call on Me" for the dance-R&B track "Pass Out."
"Wait," featuring Trey Songz and Game, delivers a thumping beat that rivals "I Can Transform Ya," Brown's lead single from "Graffiti" that currently stands at No. 20 on the Hot 100. The ballad "Fallin' Down" incorporates rock elements and features Brown's vocals at their most raw. Brown also dabbles in reggae on the song "Brown Skin Girl" featuring Sean Paul.
Like "Famous Girl," Brown's second single "Crawl" implies that the singer would like to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend (the song recently entered Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 69). On "Sing Like Me," however, Brown expresses an entirely different sentiment, boasting about his celebrity status and his skills with women over a beat that harkens R. Kelly's "Feelin' on Yo Booty."
One of the most striking tracks on the album, "I'll Go" is a lush ballad that creatively blends piano with violins and electric guitar. "There's a star in the palm of my hand/ And I think it's yours/ If you don't want it then I'll understand/ You deserve much more," laments Brown.
Other songs on "Graffiti" include the apologetic mid-tempo ballad "So Cold;" the flashy, Plies-assisted "What I Do;" and "Lucky Me," on which Brown thanks music for keeping him strong.