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From The Vault: Chris Brown – ‘I Can Transform Ya (ft. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz)’

Published: Sunday 5th Nov 2017 by Joe

Today’s From The Vault pick salutes an artist that has consistently has had the world talking for over a decade. For better AND for worse.

Chris Brown’s 2009 comeback single ‘I Can Transform Ya’ is this week’s pick.

The track marked a very important chapter in Brown’s career as it was his first official release following “that” infamous incident.

Produced by Swizz Beatz, co-penned by Poo Bear together with CB, and blessed with a guest spot from Lil’ Wayne, the cut served as the launching single from Chris’ third album ‘Graffiti.’

Commercially, it became the star’s eighth Top 20 single in the US and a #9 charting single on the UK R&B chart. Not “bad” considering all the odds that were against him at the time. Yet, also not as “good” as perhaps hoped for those hoping his woes would quickly be put behind him.

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Joseph Kahn was tapped to direct the ninja-inspired video for the single which also referenced the ‘Transformers’ series.

Taking a more literal approach to the track’s lyrics, Brown and his crew are transformed into the various things he sings about.

The visual also has boasts stellar choreography, as it is often showcased with C. Breezy.

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As time goes by, it’s evident Chris Brown’s light is not primed to dim anytime soon. After all, who’d have thought in late ’09 that he’d still be a “thing” today?

Though not the formidable chart force he once was, his potency in the Urban arena is unparalleled and he easily stands today as R&B’s main male attraction. [Even if somewhat by default].

We’d love to see more consistency from him (namely cleaner, leaner roll-outs, and sonically cohesive projects), but we can’t knock his hustle and attempts at creativity. Especially at a time when so few are even trying.

 

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  1. Bish in Africa November 5, 2017

    I remember this song

  2. Tori November 5, 2017

    I liked this song so much but everybody was calling it a flop and not even trying to like it.

  3. Meme November 5, 2017

    I completely forgot about this songs existance. Case and point of the state of chris browns music. His music is not memorable at all. He makes songs that are on hot the radio for the moment. His first album is the only album that has music that I still go back and listen to.

    • DanYiel Iman November 5, 2017

      Obviously your a square FRAUD!! ✌🏽😂

  4. TAMMAH November 5, 2017

    Can You Post About P.Diddy? He Legally Changed His Name To Love Or Brother Love Yesterday.

  5. Music103 November 6, 2017

    This truly was a god awful song.

    If I never heard it again, that would be absolutely fine.

    #NotInMyVault TGJ!

  6. Abel November 6, 2017

    Stop promoting women beater. #NeverForget

  7. mr.m November 6, 2017

    Graffiti was his best piece of work
    He would’ve gone too far and be certificated as the new pop prince if it wasn’t for that shitty incident ….
    He did not release anything close to it, neither will …
    “I’ll go” is still my jam

  8. Linda Green November 6, 2017

    Cannot stop a GENIUS CHRIS IS GOOD PERSON YALL NEGATIVE WRITING TRY TO GRAD HIM BUT HE HAVE A STRONG BASE TEAMBREEZY WAS NOT GOIN TO HAVE BECAUSE WE KNEW WHAT YOU’LL DOING SO WE HAD TO KEEP HIM PROTECTED WE DON’T CONDEMNED WHAT HAPPENED THAT INFAMOUS NIGHT WITH HIS THEN GIRLFRIEND THE WERE YOUNG AND HAD A FIGHTAND WERE BACK TOGETHER THE NEXT DAY UNTIL EVERYONE TOLD HER TO LEAVE HIM AND ALL THE WHILE THEY FELL IN LOVE MORE AND WE’RE BACK AGAIN YALL CAN SAY WHAT YALL WANT THEY ARE SOUL MATE AND THEY WILL BE BACK AND TEAMBREEZY CANNOT WAIT BECAUSE THEY STILL LOVE EACH OTHER STAY OUT THE BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY WILL BE BACK TEAMBREEZY LOVE CHRIS AND RIRI

  9. Chellenasam November 6, 2017

    He has so many good songs that its hard to remember them all! Still cant get through HBOAFM due to replay♡♡♡

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