Chris Brown, the artist, is the gift that keeps on giving as he delivered early holiday treats with the release of his latest mixtape, In My Zone 2. To hold fans and music lovers over while he steadily completes his highly anticipated 2011 release, F.A.M.E., the R&B/Pop Star dropped 20 brand new, original tracks. Here are a few we thought were worth listening to from the set, which features guest appearances from “Deuces” collaborator Kevin McCall, J. Valentine, Big Sean, Gucci Mane and many more. Check it out below, and let us know what your faves are from In My Zone 2:
1. Sh*t Got Damn feat. Big Sean – [listen]
While In My Zone 2 finds Breezy collaborating with a number of hip-hop heads including Gucci Mane and Petey Pablo (random), it’s with Kanye West protégé and GOOD Music artist, Big Sean, that these efforts are most enjoyable. It’s no wonder the “What You Doin” rapper makes three appearances on In My Zone’s sequel. The breezy (no pun intended), laid-back flow of this ode to sexy ladies and club VIP status will have you swaying, jerking, dougie-ing, or [insert random, new dance craze] “like sh*t got d*mn!”
2. Seen Her Naked – [listen]
While Destiny’s Child let the fellas know, “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly,” Chris Brown is letting everybody know, “I done seen her jelly,” in this fun, doo-wop, throwback track. Never one to shy from a dance song, this is a first for Brown as he ventures into Chubby Checker “The Twist” and Andre 3000 “Hey Ya” territory on this clip. The funky, psychedelic tone of the song only amplifies the funkalicious theme of a bad girl he just can’t get off his mind because he… yeah, check the title and check out Breezy’s shout out to women with bodacious bods.
3. Last Time Together – [listen]
From the song’s first verse, “Baby I don’t like to say goodbye, so this is my until next time,” it’s clear Chris Brown has no problem putting his heart on the line, pleading for a lady love to stay. To persuade her to hold out just a little while longer, he’ll even leave an imprint on her mind with one last kiss. The dramatic keys and drums throughout the song’s grandiose, radio friendly production only adds to its sweet and tender impact. Although Breezy’s sweetheart leaves in spite of his pleading otherwise, “even if the world goes by,” he sings, hopefully she’ll remember “our last time together.”
4. Life Itself feat. Kevin McCall – [listen]
Songs like Crawl, Changed Man, With/Without You, and many other Chris Brown love songs tend to pull at the heartstrings of his audience while bridging a connection to the artist through insight into his personal thoughts and feelings. Very often, it’s in songs that serve as heartfelt confessionals where the young superstar truly shines both lyrically and, especially, vocally. This song is no exception. The raw emotion in Brown’s voice as he sings over the piano-led, old-school R&B melody is both piercing and touching. Love and heartbreak is a subject matter Brown not only knows well, but as an artist is especially able to capitalize on through honest, cathartic and connective expression. A classic example of Chris Brown at his finest, this song is not one to be missed.
Download the entire mixtape here.