The Problem With... Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now (Feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes)"


I tell ya, Chris Brown's pattern of emotional breakdowns makes for some good drama. It's kinda like watching a show about cakes -- I don't really care about the cakes, I just want to see them fall over. Cakes and celebrities are similar in that way.

Anyway, Brown's been complaining lately that we praise Charlie Sheen while disapproving of him. Well, actually, Chris, Sheen is a train wreck all his own -- and we're watching both of you guys with amazement and schadenfreude.

Problem is, Chris, your emotional state gets in the way of your work. Consistently, too.

For instance, take either Chris' breakdown during his Michael Jackson tribute at last year's BET Awards or his recent tirade on the set at Good Morning, America.

I guess that's what he means by "Hit it, hit it, hit it, smash."

Anyway, Brown's single from a few months ago, "Look At Me Now," mostly just shows us more of his lackluster rapping skills, while he tries to garner some other artists' glory for himself.

Breezy's contribution to the song is two verses, with the first verse cribbing Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's already-lazy delivery to throw a few Asian jokes, and the second tripping over itself as Brown takes four lines to marvel at his use of the word "dick."

Really: The only reason this track matters at all is because Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne take the reins after Brown's awful opening. And, hell yeah, it's pretty sweet hearing Busta throwing out rapid-fire rhymes to go with nauseating camera techniques. Really brings you back, y'know?

Meanwhile, Weezy also throws out some choice lines -- like when he raps, "Your girlfriend a freak like Cirque Du Soleil." Oh Weezy, you're just the best.

It's interesting that Brown needed this sort of help -- especially in the context of the release of his latest, F.A.M.E. More specifically: What has Brown learned? As it turns out, not much.

This track, and other genre-swiping stuff on F.A.M.E., just shows that Chris Brown still has a lot of growin' up to do.

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Soulcalibur972
Soulcalibur972

I was in the club last night, and the whole crowd started off by saying the "I don't see how you can hate from outside the club, you can't even get in *laughs* " line. Then they were singing all of the lines from CB's verse. So it seems most people like CB's contribution to the song. Seeing as CB isn't primarily a rapper to start with, it's all right he has some rap veterans to pull him through. Each rapper brings there own thing to the table and the chorus is simple but catchy.

Wise One
Wise One

Ha! The author of this crap is such a hater! I bet he/she even has a copy of Chris Brown's F.A.M.E!!! Seriously, do you even think you can rap even 1/100th of what he did? For an R&B singer to come out so good on a rap song is even more achievement! yes he's 21 & he still has a lot of growing up to do, like every other 21-year old! On the other hand, you the author! Considering how old you seem to be, obviously left a lot of maturity back in the years. You're clearly thinking below par!

MattL1
MattL1

Well, I made it a full minute into this one. It's not shockingly awful like a lot of the songs featured in this space. It's just really boring, and this is coming from someone who likes to watch baseball while doing crossword puzzles...

Tgone
Tgone

Who cares datz wat he does u still going to buy the cd and you going to be listening to it all the time even chris brown part!!!

shell517nj
shell517nj

sure talking about mature. I think giving credit where credits due is part of being mature. chris is a great entertainer. get use to it. #TeamBreezy

Anonymous
Anonymous

Chris Brown is singer, not a rapper. So when you say "shows us more of his lackluster rapping skills", this is actually the first single he's ever rapped on.

Also, this track is #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest "rap" song on the list. So obviously there's a lot of people out there that like the song.

The single is also not from a few months ago, it debuted about 3 to 4 weeks ago. He's also 21 years old, so yes, he does still "have a lot of growing up to do". Just like any other 21 year old person.

Hate Chris Brown for what he did to Rihanna all you want, I've got no problem with that if you do, but at least get the facts right.

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