With his new album filling shelves and a new mindset guiding his ways, Breezy is finally set to separate from his past.
It has been 5 years since the infamous domestic dispute with former girlfriend Rihanna that aggressively shifted the course of Chris Brown’s career. The journey of two teen sensations that grew to become one of music’s most beloved star couples abruptly took a tumultuous turn in an unavoidable chapter of their lives.
Once the chilling images of Rihanna surfaced on the Internet, it seemed nearly impossible for the masses to find even the slightest feeling of remorse for Chris Brown. In fact, he was immediately persecuted by the public and made the eye of a treacherous media storm. Meant to support his case, a series of mishandled network appearances and over-produced apologies only further crippled the perception of his character. All things considered, the sentiment was clear: a press run of endless apologies was not enough to override the years of traumatizing history and grueling tradition buried beneath the tears of abused women across the country. Yet, he and Rihanna managed to move on, eventually reconnect, and more noticeably continue their careers as celebrated staples in pop culture.
Upholding nearly unblemished public personas prior to the incident, both bounced back with an impressive stride that only enhanced their rockstar status. It was around this joint comeback that it started to become evident that Chris Brown and Rihanna live two different, yet surprisingly similar lifestyles. Each adopted an increasingly aggressive edge, rugged alternative look, and unrelentingly free-spirited attitude. Still, mainstream media positioned them on opposite ends of the spectrum. As a result, Chris Brown remained tainted by the inability to eliminate a villainous perception.
Within the same time frame, Rihanna became everyone’s favorite muse; an alluring goddess praised for fearlessly flaunting her imperfections, effortlessly shining through the lingering shadows of turmoil that follow such experiences. When RiRi began flooding magazine covers, owning A-List red carpets, and dominating conversations across social media for her redefined fashion sense and bad girl attitude, it marked the start of a movement. From her tattoos and weed smoke, to loose speech and unapologetic confidence, Rihanna’s image resonated as a statement of female empowerment for her millions of loyal fans worldwide.
For Chris Brown, walking a parallel path ended at a very different destination. There were certain factors that didn’t help his image, such as multiple court appearances, and serving jail time for violating his probation. The chronicled legal trouble made seeing his tattoos, piercings, partying, and carefree lifestyle as signs of a confused and uncontrollable rich kid carelessly parading through life. Questions quickly surfaced about Brown needing intervention and not having any good people in his corner. The shift in his style and growing interest in art only led to more speculation of the singer being caught up in a reckless lifestyle, ultimately deriving from an alleged identity crisis.
As his new album, X is officially in stores, riding the much-deserved momentum of two massive singles, a people’s choice title track, and the Kendrick-Lamar assisted smash “Autumn Leaves”, Breezy is proving again that his talents and influence are undeniable. However, he is also solidifying a stronger statement that his success should no longer be met with an heir of second-guessing. Regardless of his songs crushing the radio, it’s still not clear if there will ever be a complete sense of leniency for Chris Brown.
With that said, although the reality of what transpired 5 years ago cannot be reversed and many will consider his actions unforgiveable, there are a few truths to consider: it takes an unbelievable abundance of faith, diligence, focus, maturity, and passion to endure the tribulations that Chris Brown faced and still sustain both your sanity and a thriving career. Rihanna suffered tremendously, physically and emotionally, also to overcome and stand tall as an even more empowered and independent person. Against all odds, both are still on a mission and refusing to give it up. And, if Breezy’s album title aligns with the sentiment, this marks the closing of a painful piece of the past that he is whole-heartedly and officially leaving behind.Readmore