Chris Brown, ‘Pills & Automobiles’ | Track Review
Often-oversaturated and ubiquitous R&B artist Chris Brown conjures up some magic on his star-studded banger, “Pills & Automobiles.”
At this point, it’s become very difficult to get excited about new music from Chris Brown. Why? The reason is because the R&B singer and sometimes rapper has become oversaturated. Don’t get it twisted, Brown still has a great voice, but he’s too many places. Another disadvantage for the advantaged Brown is his persona, which is built on supreme cockiness, being profane to the nth degree, and over-libidinous. All that considered, he manages to craft a worthwhile banger with “Pills & Automobiles,” where he’s assisted by Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, and Kodak Black.
HEARTBREAK ON A FULL MOON! HALLOWEEN. OCTOBER 31ST. ??
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) August 16, 2017
Normally, this near-five-minute record wouldn’t appeal, but there’s some charm for whatever reason. Maybe, it’s the profundity of the chorus, performed by Brown: “Wet, wet, wet…” Yeah, probably not. Yeah, probably not. The chorus, albeit simple, is catchy and fits well into the joint every time it recurs. More of the appeal is the production work, which provides fuel for the fire for the rappers to spit over.
Chris Brown takes first blood, following his chorus and post-chorus. He raps the first verse, with his vocals drenched in effects. No, he doesn’t say anything notable, but the vibe is good. What is positive is the fact that he asserts himself early on, ensuring folks know that this is his record. Yo Gotti follows on the second verse. Naturally, given the sexual, flex-worthy nature of “Pills & Automobiles,” he’s a good fit.
Newbie A Boogie Wit da Hoodie takes the third verse. His performance is interesting. The first half of the verse, he sounds incredibly amped up, while he tones things down on the back half. The fourth verse is naturally distinct, considering Kodak Black’s unmatchable sound. No, he doesn’t provide even a semblance of the second coming, but the contrast is a pro.
How does “Pills & Automobiles” stack up for Chris Brown? It has the potential to be a hit. Regardless, as aforementioned, it’s a worthwhile banger. This isn’t brand-new for Chris Brown, but it has more distinction and oomph compared to some of his other recent singles.