by Chris Brown

Compact Disc

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In June 2015, once the Tyga collaboration Fan of a Fan: The Album had run its course, Chris Brown released the first single from his seventh proper album. Woozy ballad "Liquor," with its hook of "All I wanna do is drink and fuck, drink, drink, and fuck," was not atypical for him. The title and cover of its parent album, however, once publicized, seemed to signal a potential shift farther away from the carousing and belligerence that have dominated his work since Exclusive. Named after his daughter, and with an endearing portrait that features her on the front, Royalty nonetheless is designed more to please Brown's devout fans than illustrate growth. It begins with a song titled "Back to Sleep," a lullaby of sorts, but it's definitely not for his daughter. Brown doubles down on his swashbuckling persona, boasting "I'm a champagne-pourin' n*gga, I like big asses and tits" and "You know I don't love 'em, and you know I don't cuff 'em," and imploring "Can I stick it in a little bit/Don't be shy, just a little bit." Second single "Zero," a disco-funk throwback replete with talkbox, is as spiteful as anything else in the Chris Brown catalog, where the singer scoffs, "You think I'm thinkin' 'bout your ass?" With rare exception, Brown keeps it explicit, focused on flaunting. Some of the slow jams, like the Keith Sweat-referencing "Who's Gonna (Nobody)" and Jodeci-referencing "Proof," are built on slinking productions that rate with the best of mid-2010s pop-R&B.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888751536029
catalogNumber: 515360
Rank: 10474

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Brown   Primary Artist
Ilan Kidron   Background Vocals
Nat Dunn   Background Vocals
T-Coles   Background Vocals
Talay Riley   Background Vocals
August Rigo   Background Vocals
Matthew Burnett   Keyboards
Josh Cumbee   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Taylor Parks   Vocals
Afshin Salmani   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tushar Apte   Keyboards
Adrian Bent   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Scott Fitzgerald   Composer
Keith Sweat   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Steven Rehbein   Composer
Daryl Simmons   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Babyface   Composer
Aquarius   Producer
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey   Composer
Mark Pitts   Composer,Executive Producer
Brian Springer   Vocal Engineer
Cheryl Cook   Composer
Andrew Hey   Composer
Jamal Jones   Composer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
Ay?   Producer
Michael Hernandez   Composer,Producer
Jordan Johnson   Composer
Ilan Kidron   Composer
Chris Brown   Composer,Executive Producer
Lyrica Anderson   Composer
Warren Griffin   Composer
Poo Bear   Producer
Daniele Autore   Composer,Producer
DJ Wes   Producer
Chaz Jackson   Composer
B.A.M.   Producer
Ian Kirkpatrick   Composer,Programming,Producer
Richard Braun   Composer
Dominique Logan   Composer
Darius Logan   Composer
Askia Fountain   Composer
Angela Laverne Stone   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
Boi-1DA   Producer
Aristocrats   Programming
Talay Riley   Composer
Polow da Don   Producer
Donald Degrate   Composer
Nick Breton   Vocal Engineer
Brandon Hodge   Composer
August Rigo   Composer
Matthew Burnett   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Floyd Bentley   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Giannos   Composer
Dominic Jordan   Composer
Stefan Johnson   Composer,Engineer
Michael Dorsey   Composer
Edward Griffin   Composer
Afsheen   Producer
Marcus Lomax   Composer
Dewain Whitmore   Composer
Lisa Scinta   Composer
Razihel   Producer
Austin Owens   Composer
Josh Cumbee   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Irvin Whitlow   Composer
Monsters   Programming,Producer
Strangerz   Programming,Producer
Anderson Hernandez   Composer
Allen Ritter   Composer,Producer
Vinylz   Producer
Mekanics   Producer
Riley Bell   Composer,Additional Production
Taylor Parks   Composer
Christopher Dotson   Composer,Producer
James Foye   Composer
Chris King   Engineer
Afshin Salmani   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Nicolò Arquilla   Composer
Jason Boyd   Composer
Natalie Dunn   Composer
Bryson Tiller   Composer
Orlando Williamson   Composer
Tushar Apte   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Jocelyn a. Donald   Composer
Terrence De Carlo Coles   Composer
Rian Glen Beriones   Composer
Omega Sampson   Composer
Melvin Villanueva   Composer
Keyz of the Upperclassmen   Producer
Kenneth "K-Smack" Franklin   Composer
Gabrielle "Goldie" Nowee   Composer
Caleb Nordelus   Composer,Producer
Bobby Joseph Turner   Composer
Blaq Tuxedo   Producer
Barry "Mijo" Bradford   Composer
Antonio Stith   Composer,Producer
Andre "Drenative" Blake   Composer
Aaron Lamont Small   Composer
Wesley "Dj Wes" Dees   Composer
Sean Douglas   Composer

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