Chris Brown is sharing his thoughts on the recent Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) case levied against various Young Stoner Life (YSL) associates, including Young Thug and Gunna and has officially put an end to any and all Michael Jackson parallels.
During a recent sit-down with radio host Big Boy, Chris Brown reflected on the sweeping indictment, which Young Thug and Gunna are still behind bars over, as Blavity previously reported.
“S**t is f**ked up. As bad as I want to help him, it’s like I’ve done been through that too. When you go through that, you’re in there,” the artist said. “S**t, all I can do is send my love and do what I can. [They’re] my brothers. Free them.”
“I know what they are going through. I think we always got a spotlight on us anyway,” he continued. “We got a lot of power and responsibility, but also people don’t like that influence as well. So that also put targets on our backs.”
Aside from speaking on YSL, Brown also spoke on Michael Jackson.
Brown addressed some fans’ assertions that he’s better than the “King of Pop,” respectfully noting that they’re “cap.”
“I stay the hell up out of it… I kind of back off it,” he said. “My personal take on it is I wouldn’t even be breathing or even being able to sing a song if that man didn’t exist.”
“So I don’t know if they look at it as the Jordan/Kobe thing but I can’t even look at it… he’s light years ahead… There is no competing with him,” Brown continued. “Hell no. I got shrines of this man hanging up in my house. Hell nah, I ain’t better than Michael Jackson.”
Brown commented on his upcoming tour with Lil Baby, noting that he still gets antsy and excited about performing after all these years.
“I still get nervous. I’m anxious about it; I have sleepless nights and am thinking about it,” he said of the tour. “It’s adrenaline.”
Segueing from the positive to the negative, the “Ayo” artist lastly spoke on his experience with facing widespread public hate and calls for cancellation, saying he was determined to not let it affect his artistry. Presumably, he’s referring to the aftermath resulting from the 2009 incident in which he brutally assaulted Rihanna, his then-girlfriend.
“I was like ‘I’m not gonna stop [what I was put here to do].’ If I’m a painter, they didn’t break my hands, you know? So, with my art, I was able to identify who I was and was able to express it through the music,” Brown said.
“I think, over time, people gradually began to see my character and it wasn’t just about my dance moves,” he continued. “They understood that I was a developing young man.”