The VIBE Cover Story: Chris Brown (Pg 4)

Do you feel you’ve gotten your point across now?
To a degree. At this point I’ve said all I can say and I’ve done all I can do. I’m making my steps to be who I am. To be a better man.

Is there any time a man can justifiably hit a woman?
Nah, never. It’s never okay for a man to hit a woman but it’s [also] never okay for a woman to hit a man. I think domestic violence is not just men on women. Statistically does it happen? Yes. But as a whole it should be looked upon as a mutual thing. It should never be always one-sided. Nobody knows every side of anybody’s life or anybody’s story. It’s not good to put your hands on anybody, period. Both parties. A woman and man, it doesn’t matter. Domestic abuse isn’t just physical. It starts with verbal. Nobody just fights because of whatever. It usually starts from an argument. That’s what goes back to the counseling. Learning how to control your anger and learning how to control situations.

Let’s talk about your new album, Graffiti. You bare some emotional scars, like on the song “Crawl.”

Everybody knows I got some songs about Shorty. I got a lot of records about how I was feeling emotionally. But how could I put a song out that could make people relate to my feelings but at the same time look at it broad instead of just a situation? Like let’s crawl back to love with any scenario: with war, with teen violence. Let’s crawl back to love and have a positive light.

“Pass Out” has a more international sound than we’ve ever heard from you. Where did that come from?
It’s a party record that’s for everywhere. Even for the gay clubs. That’s the lane I wanted to go in with that record.

So, you wanted to make a song for the gay clubs?

Yeah, why not? I don’t discriminate. I don’t hate on none of that. I look at it like everybody is a fan of music, so you can’t just make music for one audience. Michael Jackson didn’t just make music for one group of people, Rolling Stones and The Beatles too. I don’t have a right to judge anybody for whatever their sexual preference is. So I just make music for everybody. If I’m in the poppin’est hood club and they play techno music or house music, I’m still going to be dancing. Whether they playing my music in a straight club or gay club or wherever, it doesn’t matter to me.