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Chris Brown Recruits Kendrick Lamar + Possibly Rihanna for ‘X’ Album

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After revealing the title of his upcoming album, Chris Brown is discussing ‘X’ in detail and it sounds like the LP will feature some pretty high-profile cameos.

According to Rolling Stone, rapper Kendrick Lamar will be featured on a track called ‘Autumn Leaves,’ but it won’t be a heavy-hitting hip-hop track — instead Brown describes it as, “a real emo record.”

Talking about his collaboration with Lamar, Breezy said, “I wanted to — not rattle the hip-hop world, but have people appreciate that choice like, ‘I didn’t expect that, but dang, that’s dope.” Uh, you think featuring arguably the biggest name in the rap game is a shocking move? C’mon now.

Chris continued, “I picked Kendrick because his subject matter as a lyricist is beyond everybody else’s. There’s a substance to what he says. It’s also fun to experience the ambitions and aspirations of a younger artist who’s just learning how the game works.” Hear that, Kendrick? You’re just a youngin! We’re guessing Breezy is talking about career experience, seeing as Lamar has as couple years on Chris.

In regards to his collabo with girlfriend Rihanna, Breezy seemed wishy-washy on whether it would appear on ‘X,’ but signs are pointing to yes. He said, “I wrote a song for her called ‘Put It Up’ that we did together. It’s still in the pot of songs we have to pick from. It may or may not make it, but you know, because she’s already on it, it’s a strong possibility.” We have to say, if Chris leaves this track off, that’s pretty cold-blooded!

The ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ singer also told Rolling Stone that he will be making a departure from the EDM-laden sounds of ‘Fortune’ and moving towards more classic R&B sounds. Brown said, “There’s a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune. I really wanted to demonstrate my vocal ability, creating the vibe of me singing along with a band.”

This album is definitely shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the summer!

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