Chris Brown Featuring Lil Wayne And Swizz Beatz, "I Can Transform Ya"

Track Review
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On his first officially released track since his February altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown takes a break from performing community service to brag about his riches. "Need a ride? I can Range you up/Money, I can change you up/What you need, you can have that/My black card-they don't decline that," Brown boasts on "I Can Transform Ya," the alleged first single from his upcoming "Graffiti" album. Littered with referee whistles and hand claps, Swizz Beatz' production is high-energy and appropriately robotic. Still, it's collaborator Lil Wayne who comes off the wittiest. "She's gonna transform like Optimus Prime . . . tell your man he better get his Voltron up," Wayne raps over electric guitar, giving a literal nod to the '80s cartoon-turned-blockbuster movie "Transformers." Whether Brown can transform public sentiment with his new output, however, remains to be seen. --Mariel Concepcion