Chris Brown announces new album ‘X’, with Kendrick Lamar collaboration

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In the run up to his summer album release, Chris Brown invited MTV into his studio to preview some of the new music and talk about the upcoming project; revealing some interesting bits of information to get his fans excited, including the album name as well as who he’ll be working with on the project.

The new album will simply be titled X – “The song and the album title ‘X’ has a couple different meanings,” Brown explains.

“It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from. It’s also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time — it’s me saying, ‘I’m over it. I’m past the bullsh– now.’”

The first single taken from the album will be “Fine China” – produced by Diplo, who also produces the “X” title track – and mainly showcases Breezy’s singing voice and more of a classical R&B sound, but does include a rap verse.

“For the first single, I wanted to go more nostalgic, bring Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke to it, but also bring a new sound to what my audience and fans are listening to,” says Chris.

“For this album, I wanted to have the same mentality as I did with the first album – me not thinking I know what’s hot and what’s next, me just being Chris Brown. I think this will show my vocal ability a lot more. I’ve developed a falsetto, I can sing at a higher register, and I can elaborate more on my skill.”

Keeping most of his features quiet for the moment, Brown did reveal that he’s been working with Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar on a track called “Autumn Leaves,” where the rapper will lend a verse.

Speaking on the song itself, he says, “If you’re in your car just riding, it’s perfect. It just feels like a weather record – an emotional record. I feel a certain way when I hear it.”

X is due to be released in August, but until then we should hear a few singles with a video already shot for the first track “Fine China.”