Since his February 2009 arrest for busted for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, it’s been a hard road to redemption for singer Chris Brown. He did make his return in December of last year, with a new album titled Graffiti, but it wasn’t a smash like his previous releases. He even accused retail stores of blackballing, when he noticed some didn’t even have his album in stock.
Despite the setbacks in his career, Brown has made a comeback in recent months, thanks to the success of his smash single “Deuces,” which appears on his collaborative mixtape with Tyga called Fan of a Fan.
In a new interview with Angie Martinez on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, Brown discussed several roadblocks and setbacks since the devastating incident last year — including canceled tours and fake industry friends.
One tour that didn’t happen was a scheduled outing with Usher, that felt apart.
“We kinda had different views on the tour — no beef,” explained Chris. “We both have two different promoters, so whoever would get the tour would have to work it out and I think they didn’t see eye-to-eye. I think we rushed into it. We were in love with the idea more than the actual [business part of it]. We couldn’t get ready for it. Hopefully in the future, we might work something out.”
While the singer said he holds no grudge against Ursh, he admitted that they do not have a close relationship.
“It’s whatever, we cool. I’m cordial and that’s with everybody,” said Chris. “I don’t have friends in this industry. I have my circle and I have my people who’ve been with me through the bad times and the good times. Everybody else is just wallpaper.”
When all the hoopla went down with Rihanna last year, many so-called friends of Brown kept their distant, and other artists would not work with him. But, with the recent success of “Deuces,” Brown says they came calling.
But, he says he saw through their fakeness.
“I wasn’t like bitter. Now I see you for you. Get your money, do you. We can be cordial, we can be cool. Other than that, I don’t need to be your homie, like we don’t gotta go hang out,” said Brown.
Due to the fallout of his arrest, Brown says he’s learned a valuable lesson: who his true friends are.
“I kinda just got a gauge of who was there and who wasn’t, so now I know who I can deal with,” he said. “There’s people in my phone I’ll call and they’re my homies. I don’t need no more friends. Oh, you need me to do something for you? Holla at my manager.”
Anyone who wasn’t there when he needed them, his message is: “Kick some rocks.”