Chris Brown continues to attract controversy wherever he goes. In an interview for Jet magazine’s Oct. 14 issue, the rhythm-and-blues singer sat down to discuss a number of topics, including his relationship with the media.
During the chat, he criticized the press for giving rapper Jay Z a “pass” for his past mistakes, while Brown continues to be persona non grata for his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
“This is something I’ve been dealing with for the past maybe five years,” Brown said, according to CNN. “Anybody with a voice -- Tupac, Michael Jackson, the Notorious B.I.G. -- gets formatted ... except maybe for Jay Z, who is accepted by White America because he shakes hands and kisses babies. No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that he stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”
As TheDrop.fm pointed out, Brown is referring to the fact that Jay Z pled guilty to stabbing record producer Lance “Un” Rivera at a New York nightclub in 1999.
During the interview, Brown likened the media to a “master” who doles out “lashings” to whomever they have in their crosshairs.
“I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master, you feel me? I’ve taken my fair share of lashings,” Brown said. “Instead of being an artist, I’ve been called a woman beater; I’ve been insulted in public and judged. And being able to not want to kill yourself at the end of the day is what made me say, ‘F--- it.’”
According to TheYBF, Brown also said: “The media is full of yellow journalism. A lot of things I say, they will flip it. Instead of them getting off on all the positive stuff that I do, they will bring out the negative and draw out that story.”
Brown also told Jet he identified with Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American high-school student who was killed by George Zimmerman in February of last year in Sanford, Fla. “I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism,” Brown said. “This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as n-----.”
As CNN noted, Brown’s new film “Battle of the Year” is out this weekend, and his sixth studio album “X” is due for release in November.