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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