Chris Brown has cited numerous influences musically over his career, whether it be his idol, Michael Jackson or Lil Wayne. However, when naming his mythical Mount Rushmore, Brown is like numerous Hip Hop fans, ready with an answer but understands how tough the question can be.
Speaking to the LA Leakers, Brown paused for a moment when asked the all-important question before giving a unique answer.
“JAY-Z, Nas, Big L and 2Pac,” Brown said. He thought about the answer again and doubled back, replacing one New York MC for another.
“Skrrt, put Biggie in the spot of Nas!” Brown exclaimed. “I love Nas, damn, it’s fuckin’ up! Damn, hold up I’m sorry. Rakim in there too, I’m sorry! That’s all mine. Everybody I said, those are in my Mt. Rushmore. I made my own Mt. Rushmore.”
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The inclusion of 2Pac and Hov on any Mt. Rushmore is common. Same for Nas and The Notorious B.I.G. Breezy’s citing of Big L raised plenty of eyebrows as the Harlem rapper was on the verge of blowing up even more before he was tragically gunned down in 1999.
After the release of his Breezy album on June 24, Brown predicted it would receive similar love and fanfare from his fan base as his previous albums, debuting within the Top 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. However, as Breezy moved an estimated 84,000 album-equivalent units, Brown dismissed the sales total as a lack of support when he’s doing good rather than when he’s embroiled in controversy.
“July 8th breezy deluxe album,” he wrote in his Instagram Stories while announcing an extended version of the album. “Not that it matters…SEEMS LIKE YALL ONLY INVEST IN THE NEGATIVE STORIES ABOUT ME. CHRIS GETS IN TROUBLE (THE WHOLE WORLD IS ON it). Chris drops album [crickets]. I’m back on my gangsta shit. It’s BRACKING at all times.”