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6 Reasons Chris Brown's 'X' Could Be His Best Album To Date

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Nearly a decade ago, a fresh-faced teen hopped on the scene with catchy vocals and krumping skills to match. Chris Brown has come a long way from the 16-year-old boy dancing his heart out in a gymnasium to the 25-year-old man with five albums, movie credits and a Grammy to his name. His road to success hasn’t always been an easy one, but through it all he’s managed to supply enough music to keep his fans loyal (no pun).

“Loyal,” the infectious single with a West Coast flare has been more than good to the Virginia native, going platinum since its December 2013 release. His sixth album, X, was set to be released in July 2013 but after a slew of delays Chris’ fans were left patiently waiting. A year later, Breezy took to Instagram to update his fans.

The R&B singer shared the cover art to his upcoming project and revealed that he has about 50 songs to choose from for the album's September 16 release. With nine years, five albums and five mixtapes, here’s why Chris Brown's 'X' could be Breezy’s best work to date.

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Reason #1: The collaborations will be epic.
Chris is no stranger to dope collabos, so it’s only right that he pull a few tricks out for his newest project. CB already enlisted the help of Kendrick Lamar for “Autumn Leaves," a track sure to tug on your heartstrings. The crooner told MTV News the song is an “emotional record” that makes him “feel a certain way.”

Aside from K. Dot, Breezy has also joined forces with Usher and Rick Ross in “New Flame.” Ariana Grande also makes an appearance on X on “Don’t Be Gone Too Long.” The track was previewed before Breezy’s latest stint in jail, and the pop collaboration will break the heavy R&B focus Chris was looking for on this project.

The most interesting of all the possible collaborations is “Put It Up”, a “youthful and at the same time sexy” song with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Chris told Rolling Stone “It may or may not make it…” (We’re guessing the latter.)

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Reason #2: There’s bound to be heavy West Coast influence.

Chris may be a chameleon in this music game, seamlessly blending into any sound. One thing for sure is his style for 2014 has been heavily influenced by the Cali music scene. Joining Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink birthed “Main Chick” and “Show Me,” two tracks where Breezy belted out some of the catchiest hooks of his career. If this is any indication of what Chris Brown's 'X' may sound like, sign us up.

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