New music from Chris Brown!
Earlier today, Chris dropped this video from his forthcoming studio album, X.
The track, which was produced by Roccstar and PK, has a reminiscence of vintage MJ, and its video, which Brown directed, takes distinct visual cues from classic clips like “Smooth Criminal” and “Beat It.”
Brown told MTV News that the track compares a woman to how “priceless and delicate” she is. Opposite Brown is an Asian woman of royalty whose father is against the two dating. Despite threats from the girl’s father, Brown takes the girl out for a fun night on the town and shows her things she has never seen. He even takes her to the underground where he is from, meanwhile, the Chinese triads, led by her father, are out for his blood.
“I’m a big movie guy. I love watching movies. It always keeps me creative,” Chris said of his directorial influences.
What stands out the most, however, is the battle-like dance scenes, which appear to be drawn from Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” when Brown is tasked with saving a young lady in an iconic dance scene. Then there is the final scene, when Breezy’s team of underground clubgoers pull guns on their rival Asian gang, who have come to break up the forbidden romance. The clip ends with an intense standoff, just like the one in MJ’s 1987 classic “Bad.”
“MJ, I can honestly say he’s probably my greatest influence,” Brown told MTV News. “Michael, he just set the foundation for every other artist to try to be great. … I’m inspired to be as great and just try to be the best Chris Brown I can be in the process.”
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