Silence is no longer golden. The extremely successful and often controversial Chris Brown graces one cover of the December/January issue of XXL for his first major interview in almost two years. Breezy has made his share of non-music related headlines, but he also keeps winning from his work in the booth—hit after hit, hook after hook, he’s hip-hop’s most reliable R&B ally. In the story, written by Chris himself, the multi-platinum selling artist reflects on his growth as an artist, moving past hardships in his life, recent altercations, his love life and plenty more.
Some quotes from Chris Brown:
“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.”
“A lot of people wanna know about the whole situation with me, Drake and Meek Mill. At the end of the day, I’m me, they’re them. They rap, I sing. Totally different caliber. I rap, I play around on mixtapes. But our words don’t collide as much as you’d think.”
“I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression. 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.”
“One thing people often want me to talk about is my public love life. When it comes to my love life, the perception seems as though I am a player. But that’s not true. Love is something I am still learning. It’s just an obstacle that I haven’t yet mastered. I think that’s my biggest hurdle in life.”
“I use music or painting as my outlet to get through the confusion. I try to promote positivity and love.”
The other new XXL cover features G.O.O.D. Music star Big Sean. The former XXL Freshman speaks to the mag about gearing up for the release of his second album, Hall of Fame: Memoirs of a Detroit Player, due out in early 2013. Already with a history of huge singles, memorable guest spots, and trendsetting tendencies, Sean’s grown with his new project, and wants to continue to make his hometown of Detroit proud.
Some quotes from Big Sean:
“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. It’s a responsibility that I feel like I’m willing to take.”
“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.”
Also in the new issue, XXL catches up with the A$AP Mob, and spends some time with Future. Mac Miller interviews Andrew McCutchen, there’s a detailed breakdown on former Hot Boy B.G.’s complicated legal history, Kendrick Lamar discuses his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city and it’s XXL rating and for all the last minute shoppers, there’s a whole bunch of gift suggestions.