By Henna Kathiya
With the aptly titled tag line “No Apologies” on the cover of XXL‘s December/ January issue Chris Brown offers his first major interview in almost two years. The story was written by Chris himself, providing readers with some insight on the singer’s past hardships and trying to grow up in the public eye. Big Sean also commands one side of the double cover, talking about his upcoming sophomore album Hall of Fame: Memoirs of a Detroit Player.
Breezy has not been shying away from the spotlight recently, with rumors circulating about his relationship with Rihanna plus his recent Twitter feud with comedian Jenny Johnson, which caused him to deactivate his account. In his interview Chris addresses some of these issues.
“I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression,” he says. “I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions. Even if the media asks me something, if it’s cool then it’s, ‘What’s up?’ But if it’s anything that’s too negative, I don’t care to respond.”
He also added that he’s grown a thicker skin to deal with the negativity. “In the beginning, I used to be hot. I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that’s a lie, I’m numb to it. I’ve smartened up.”
Although the G.O.O.D Music rapper has experienced success with many hit singles, he still likes to remain grounded about his goals. “It’s deeper than just comin’ up or making money. We got the potential and opportunities to change the world—and still have fun with it,” he says. “It’s a responsibility that I feel like I’m willing to take.”
Big Sean also expresses how he wants to use his Detroit roots to connect to his music. “I took all my experiences from Detroit and incorporated them into who I am today. From partying to inspiration to sharing times about being broke to love to the dope boys, paper chasers. I would see all the players rocking furs and gators. I’ve seen people get killed. I’ve seen people spend crazy money. I’ve seen poor people. I give every aspect of the city in my music. They need somebody to tell that story.”