American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor, Christopher Maurice Brown recently released his long awaited 24-track studio album Breezy, followed shortly after by an even bigger deluxe version with 33 songs.
Chris Brown is considered to be the most successful R&B singer of his generation and is often referred to by many as the King of R&B, so it is no surprise that his new album has led him to break the record for most hits on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. Chris now holds a career total of 79 songs on the chart, smashing The Weeknd’s record of 71 songs.
Breezy is Chris Brown’s tenth solo studio album and follow-up to his 2019 album Indigo. The album was released on the 24th of June, and features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Wizkid, Jack Harlow, Ella Mai, H.E.R, Bryson Tiller and more, with the deluxe version, which was released on July 8, including new tracks featuring Anderson Paak and Davido.
The album opens up with “Till The Wheels Fall Off” as the intro track and features a dramatic piano melody before Capella Grey graces us with his vocals and harmonies. Chris Brown and Lil Durk enter the song in their rap-sung bag, and the track slows down as Capella Grey finishes the song.
The album is driven by his foundational R&B genre, with melodic rap and afrobeats sensibilities, to mention a fewl, and Chris glides effortlessly and smoothly between the many different styles. He even offers us a drill-infused offering in “C.A.B (Catch A Body)”, which features Fivio Foreign and marks the first collaboration between the duo.
He then gives us some traditional R&B vibes on “Pitch Black”, while he, Lil Wayne and Yung Bleu take on “Possessive”, the fourth track of the album, with fast paced flows, intoxicating melodies and vulnerable lyrics. I mean, letting your girl know that you are possessive is the right thing to do… right?
For “Addicted” featuring Lil Baby, Breezy takes us on a musical trip to Atlanta, and from Atlanta, he takes us straight to the Motherland for some African and Caribbean vibes in his track “Call Me Everyday” fearing Wizkid.
He blesses us with more R&B vibes in his tracks, “Sleep At Night”, “Harder”, “On Some New Sh*t” and “Luckiest Man”. If you are a XXXTENTACION fan like me then “Survive The Night” is the right track for you, and the track even includes some XXXTENTACION influences on the vocals.
Chris Brown might be well known for his energy and excellent dance moves, but another thing that he is good at is creating love-making records. For his track, “WE (Warm Embrace)” featuring Normani, Chris combines powerful vocals and a sexy choreography to create a sexy moody.
Breezy is a perfect complete body of work. It includes songs that will accommodate all of your moods. It has songs for when you want to have a good time with your partner, songs that will make you think that you are Michael Jackson, while also offering us some emotional raps.
Without a doubt, Chris Brown is indeed a living legend.
Listen to Chris Brown’s Breezy below and stream / download it here.
Words by Zethembe Maseko