Chris Brown, 'I Can Transform Ya': Are you ready to hear this?

Chris Brown has a new single called “I Can Transform Ya,” featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz, streaming right now on his official website. Two decent verses from Weezy make this one a somewhat easier listen than “Twitter,” the grating track Brown leaked earlier this month. One thing hasn’t changed since then, though: I’m still not ready to hear this kind of music from Chris Brown.

The singer also recently announced a headlining concert date on Oct. 27, his first since becoming a convicted felon. I can’t decide whether to feel baffled or outraged by his apparent decision to charge forward with a comeback before even finishing his court-mandated trash-pickup hours. Brown was sentenced to that community service just one month ago after pleading guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna in February. Does he think we’ve already forgotten what happened? As EW’s Michael Slezak noted when “Twitter” leaked on Sept. 10, Brown needs to take some serious time off from promoting his career to think about why he committed such an awful crime and make sure it never happens again. Many of you agreed at the time, as did I. Call me crazy, but I don’t think a 19-day break was what any of us had in mind.

It’s really a shame — “I Can Transform Ya” isn’t a terrible song at all. (Stream it after the jump if you want.) Unfortunately, I just can’t hear this guy sing Auto-Tuned come-ons right now without cringing. Can you? When, if ever, do you think it will be appropriate for Brown to hawk new music?

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  • Deelani

    Oh Please Simon.. Stop Hatin’ The guys gotta move forward sometime. He’s a young guy. This is what he does for a living. Give him a break. No we have not forgotten what happened but why should we sit and ponder about it forever? It’s called moving forward which is something you need to do. Just like the public needs to get over the VMA incident betweeen Kanye West and Taylor Swift. She has accepted his appology so now the world should move on. Life is too short to ponder over mistakes. Just move on. MOVE ON!!!

    • cbwifey

      thats what im talking bout.chris brown can do whatever he want.he gotta keep trying,so thanks haters!

    • Drew

      Either way, this song is lame. I’m sure he’ll do fine though, his fans don’t seem to mind that he beats women. I guess that’s their prerogative.

      • Twiggy

        That’s not true. I’m a HUGE fan, but i don’t believe in violence towards women, or any other type of violence. Stop sterotyping. It’s ignorant.

    • chel

      although kanyes incident was pretty neurotic, what chris did is MUCH MUCH worse. please stop comparing two incidents that are completely different.

      • Twiggy

        No…it makes perfect sense to compare. Yes, what Chris did was worse, but that’s not the comparison. She’s basically saying that Kanye did a bad thing, but yet Taylor forgave him. Same with Riri and Chris Brown. He did a bad thing, and Rihanna forgave him…so if Rihanna’s supposed to be the “horribly battered victim”, and even she still accepted his apology, why can’t you or anyone else? He didn’t hit u.

    • Muffy

      We have to remember Chris was the first famous male in history to get into a fight with a fmale.

      • shu

        no he isn’t…guess u must be…what…3 years old.

    • HOTROD

      a yo im liken what you sayed they are stupid they should MOVEon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  • Pslightly Psycho

    Brown sure has the beats down: as in beating down women that is.

  • WJH

    No Joke It Not Only Sounds Very Similar To Beyonce’s Upgrade U as far as the music, but lyrically he’s basically saying the same thing. Had Chris Brown taken some time off from music, really did some soul searching, and possibly even contributed hsi time to domestic violence causes, he might be better received.

  • juju

    WTH are you talking about?? It’s been like 7 months. wat 19 days. You think he hasn’t thought about. He tweeted that he is getting conseling and doing community service. He also tweets to start a cause to reduce teen voilence. He has to make a earning in life you know. I guess he should not make any money until u tell him too sihhh retards

    • Fatima

      19 days since Twitter. Read carefully.

  • deb

    Like it just not loving the hook besides that its a great song.

  • Marcy

    It’s the bomb!!! Everyone has their opinion and you’re entitled to it. Maybe people think he should finish his 5 years probabtion and community labor before he perform or make new music. Question it’s his job, livehood, if you had a job and say… you left the scene of a accident, later you went in to the police station, someone was hurt bad, you were let out on bail. Now you are given a court date once you attend your court date, they fine you and give you mmm… a year probation for leaving the scene of the accident, now my question is should you quit your job? No!! it had nothing to do with your incident!!

  • nick

    this song is hott! stop hating, its 7-8 months after the fact. You (the media) did the same thing to mike jackson, kicked him while he was down. Now you guys want to praise him. Let chris ( and rihanna in that case) move on. THis song is hot, and he is one of the most talented artists in the industry.

  • erin

    F-ed up. Most of his fans are 14 year old girls. They are the last people that should be sent the message that beating your girlfriend deserves a slap on the wrist and then everything’s fine and we can pretend it never happened. I can’t understand why ANYONE could stomach listening to his music right now. He needs to go away for a WHILE.



  • a fan’s opinion

    nobody will ever forget about what he did but he made a mistake and he’s paying for it. He even said he was sorry for what went down and deep down in my heart i know if he could change it he would.

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  • Alexis

    this is GR8……

  • asdf

    50 year old grandmother hear and I think a year off from your JOB is fine for ‘fighting’ with your girlfriend. Leave him alone and pick on Jack Nicholson,Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn all the alist stars that got away with NO sentence for beating the hell out of their mates. Chris and his mom are exceptionally decent people…

  • Lee

    asdf, thanks for the wise words! Tell these morons to go pick on Sean Penn and the rest who got away with everything they did with no slap on the wrist at all. These people won’t be happy until Chris Brown puts a gun in his mouth.

    • Keesha

      Thank you Lee. I’m glad that there are people on here with some common sense.

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  • peace

    this is a great song, stop hating

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