Chris Brown recently sat down with JET magazine and I wish they would have given him any seat but the one as interviewee. In the interview Brown managed to make himself the victim by comparing himself to Trayvon Martin. Yeah. Set himself on the same level of fame as Michael Jackson. Uh huh. Then he added this about everyone’s favorite hustler as he attempted to shade Jay-Z under a broken down bus for his “acceptance” into White America:
“This is something I’ve been dealing with for the past maybe five years. Anybody with a voice — Tupac, Michael Jackson, the Notorious B.I.G. — gets formatted … except maybe for Jay Z, who is accepted by White America because he shakes hands and kisses babies.”
“No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that (Jay Z) stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”
Let’s put this into a small glass. Jay-Z essentially did his before White America really knew who he was. Brown did his as he was in the midst of being one of the cute one’s who was acceptable to listen to in suburbia, and he battered another acceptable one (Rihanna) without seemingly any real remorse. Crying for your career and not your actions that harmed another being doesn’t sit well with most folks. Also, add in the fact that Jay-Z is a rapper; his ex-transgressions helped him build his credibility in the hip-hop world to the point where he could earn the money to kiss the babies of corporate America. Money talks and Jay-Z knows how to speak the language that corporate likes to hear. But I’m not going to spend too much time on Jay-Z because he doesn’t get as big of a pass as he’d like us to believe. Remember the whole Cuba thing? The thing that really stood out was the quote in which Brown compared himself to Martin and closed it off with epic ridiculousness.
“I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism. This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as (n-bombs).”
I was unaware that AIDS is the protein that keeps racism strong. Chris, sigh… Are there double standards when it comes to race in life? Yes. And although it is the biggest factor in basically everything it is not always the total cause for the downfall. It’s time for Brown to really take some responsibility. With that being said, here’s what’s really good.
Christopher, brutha, please just take some time to deal with you. There is a reason that people keep echoing this suggestion. It’s not because they all hate you, and for the ones who do, that’s just a part of life. I’ve seen lots of comparing and no bettering. You’ve been in the industry since the age of 15; you’ve had some advantages and disadvantages, depending on how one chooses to examine the situation. But at the age of 24, you have managed to create such a comfortable life, financially, that taking some time is no issue for you. Your time off may be a problem for some of the others around you but that is one of your problems now. Step away from the enablers. Step away from social media. Take your spray paint and go to a corner where you can get yourself together. Although not everyone’s cup of tea, you are really a talented young brutha. Taking time to help you can only enhance that talent. But most importantly, it will definitely enhance you.