Track Review | Chris Brown, ‘Privacy’
Chris Brown continues to exhibit complacency on single, “Privacy.” “Privacy” comes off as incredibly shallow, lacking any sense of progression artistically.
Chris Brown has changed – at least compared to the beginning of his career. On his self-titled debut and its follow-up, Exclusive, he possessed a sense of innocence and class. Since the infamous Rihanna happenings, he completely did an about-face, becoming one of the foulest, most hedonistic R&B artists in the industry. While sexing up his image isn’t drastic in an age where sex fuels the fire, Brown hasn’t managed to “step up his game” in the process – he’s become comfortable. He shouldn’t be, and single “Privacy” once again proves it.
“Privacy” is predictable, once more finding Brown exploiting his horniness in the form of a R&B-rap song. Vocally, he remains a force – he’s always been able to sing – but it’s tough to be impressed considering what he’s singing about. Initially, it seems he’s not going to get too nasty, but by the rap, he’s managed to turn off everybody. Sure, there’s still ladies who still salivate over his bad boy status and looks, but for many, it’s tough to buy him.
The chorus is deep…said no one ever:
“Ayy, you girl, with the tight up skirt / Get that ass in the bed, I’ma lock the door / Shake that ass like boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka / We don’t need nobody watching us…”
How ridiculous! Of course, nobody should be watching! Furthermore, why is Brown so aggressive? Clearly, it’s all physical, and it only progresses on the second verse. He grows more profane, more specific, and throws in the obligatory “12 Play” reference. The worst comes on the rap verse, as aforementioned, as Brown essentially likens his manhood to being life changing. No need to include specifics – it’s just nasty.
Basically, “Privacy” is basic, period. Chris Brown continues to waste opportunities to progress artistically and musically. He’s become complacent, rather than pushing the envelope. “Privacy” is yet another example of how lazy he’s become.