In the midst of promoting his forthcoming release X, due out this summer, Chris Brown called into Charlotte radio station Power 98 to talk influences and what’s next – including, potentially, a country album and Chris Brown: The Rapper.
“Michael is one of my greatest influences,” he said. “The way I look at everything I approach is… I wouldn’t say a Michael Jackson standpoint, but I would say, ‘Would he like it? Would he approve of it?’ I looked up to him as a kid for every dance, for everything.”
Besides MJ, Brown explained that his musical tastes run the gamut. He’s open to experimenting with a number of different musical styles, including ones Team Breezy may not expect.
“Music is for everyone,” he said. “When you put genres on music, you segregate it. I want to always be able to do any kind of music I want. When I get older I might want to do a country album. Next year, I might want to do all hip-hop album or alternative album. Just making sure that anything that goes down, showing my audience or showing people that have a creative mind that you can do anything you want, it’s just about believing and loving what you’re doing in a positive way.”
While he said he’ll have to be taken serious as a rapper before he releases a hip-hop album, it’s not entirely out of the question.
“I don’t know if the world is ready for Chris Brown: The Rapper,” he admitted.
As far as his upcoming release, Brown touted that “some songs might change your life.”
Listen to the complete interview below.