Chris Brown Talks “Autumn Leaves” With Kendrick Lamar

Perhaps the most highly-anticipated collaboration on Chris Brown’s upcoming X album comes from none other that Kendrick Lamar. The rapper appears on a track entitled “Autumn Leaves,” and Breezy sat down with MTV to discuss working with Kendrick, and how they “make magic” with the song.

“I think people automatically assumed [that] with me and Kendrick Lamar, if we actually collaborated, it’s gonna be a club joint, but for me, I always like to change and switch the envelope,” he said.

Brown explained that he instead decided to go in another direction with “Leaves,” describing the track as more of an introspective song. He broke down the sound, as well as the meaning of the title.

“Me and Kendrick on ‘Autumn Leaves,’ it’s more of a sit in your car and ride-to record. It’s a real laid-back record, but it’s also a substance record,” he said. “It’s basically saying [that] you put in so much to get so little. Whether it be in relationships or just in life, you work hard for something all the time and get so little, but you still hold on, like the last leaf in autumn.”

Breezy also discussed another talked-about appearance on X: a duet with his girlfriend Rihanna. Describing the song as an “R&B song,” he continued his mantra of doing different, which in this case, was straying from the pop sound.

“At the end of the day, that’s what they expect from us, so I wanted to do more of a record that nobody really heard her sing on as far as that genre.”