10 essentials from one of the defining pop and R&B voices of this generation, Chris Brown.
Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown is without a doubt one of the most talented, successful and well-known artists of the last 20 years. Though his legal trouble and toxic public relationships have diminished his reputation to some degree, this guy has always delivered high-quality music and stayed ahead of the curve in the industry and remains a tastemaker after nearly 13 years as a recording artist.
Since his debut in 2005, Chris Brown has consistently captivated the hearts of millions with his sensational voice, dazzling performances, and impressive studio albums, all while making a killing and receiving some of the highest career accolades. Quite literally, since his introduction the world, Brown has been breaking the mold and continuously setting the bar higher and higher as his debut, self-titled album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum in 2005. Not to mention that his debut single "Run It" topped the charts at the No. 1 spot, a feat only he and Sean "Diddy" Combs share.
Over the course of the last decade, Brown has released seven studio albums and has subsequently reinvented himself with every body of work. Now as he prepares to release his eighth studio album Heartbreak on A Full Moon on July 21st, anticipation and expectations for the project have reached astonishing levels.
With the hype at an all time high, we decided to pay homage to Breezy in this week's essentials feature. In an attempt to prepare for the project, here's a look back at the fruitful career of Brown with 10 of his most essential and noteworthy tracks.