Chris Brown stopped by Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning” show on Friday (Oct. 31) for an in-depth interview, covering his music, jail time, Rihanna and Drake.
During the interview, the singer admitted that he was unsure where his career would go after jail. “Once you do that, it kinda makes you mature faster and see what’s really important and what your focus is and what you gotta do in your career,” he said.
Later, Brown revealed that Drake’s camp initially reached out to him about the ESPYS skit. While they collaborated on Nicki Minaj’s single, his left it open to others… but said, “They gotta cut the check.” But, how much does Chris charge for a feature? It’s $250,000… and he demands a cut of the publishing. “If I’ma give you a No. 1, I need to capitalize off it as well,” he said.
Brown also revealed that he was addicted to lean, which he called “the hood cocktail”, but stopped once he found it impairing his work. “I was turning up. I was off the syrup and Xanax,” he said. “It wasn’t conducive to me. I was falling asleep on video sets, I was cussing people out randomly, I was doing crazy stuff.”
Below are excerpts from the interview:
On why he quit lean: “I don’t want to be a zombie when I go meet people or end up punching somebody or doing something crazy like I did ’cause I’m under the influence of some bull.”
On Karrueche: “She’s straight, man. I dig her. She’s dope. Being in this industry, you just need somebody that understands you and understands who you are personally [aside] from your name. At the end of the day, me and her have a real connection as best friends on top of our intimacy.”
On getting married: “I’m scared of marriage ’cause I’m young right now.”
On his fears: “I think my demons as of right now are being afraid of failure. I think my only demon is the doubt in myself sometimes. But I think that also makes me great at the same time.”
On Rihanna: “I don’t have animosity about it. Obviously I have remorse about it and it’s something that’s really serious. But as far as the situation, me and her, we made amends. We good. She my friend. I knew that was a mistake that I will never make again, but I take in consideration like, ‘Dang. I was 17, 18.’ I’m 25 now, so I look back at it like, ‘Dang.’ And I’m still doing community service and going to see the judge every month and a half.”
On why he got back together with Rihanna after their publicized incident: “I just wanted to make sure that [the love] was still there. I wanted to make amends to her, showing I could be the man that she [wanted me] to be.”
On his 2012 stand-off with Drake: “That was a stick-your-chest-out contest. That was who got the biggest account in the room.”