First and foremost I’d like to preface this article by saying that Chris Brown is a dochebag. Time after time we’ve given this incredibly talented young man a pass for his boneheaded behavior, only to log onto a gossip site weeks later seeing that his name has resurfaced. Every groupthink takedown piece on the Internetz results me in screaming; “I’M F*CKING DONE WITH CHRIS BROWN! GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER DUDE!” Only to be hypnotized by a new song of his months later that seemingly makes everything all right. Three years ago “Look At Me Now” served as the remedy, in 2014, as it continues to climb the charts, “Loyal” is the anthem #TeamBreezy apologist needed to balance the yin with the yang.
I can’t figure out what it is about “Loyal” that makes it so fire. The lyrics are shallow, the production hovers around average, and the features are just… blah. All that as it be it’s an incredibly catchy tune that evokes happiness. Perhaps the most underrated characteristic of the song is its ambiguity. “Loyal” has the ability to make you remember that your ex is a horrible human being, or it gives you convenient amnesia causing you to forget that you’re actually the hoe, thus creating a win/win situation for the listener in terms of empathy.
What puzzles me the most about why “Loyal” works as a single is: How can a song so vulgar, so flashy, and so degrading work for one of America’s most scrutinized celebrities? Chris Brown surprisingly evades criticism on “Loyal”; a song reeks of misogyny and promotes drug use that would normally be a snobby critics alley-oop. “Loyal” works because as much as the world hates Chris Brown the screw up, it hates Chris Brown the apologist even more. “Look At Me Now” took the same “I’m Chris Brown and I’m carefree” approach, ultimately becoming Brown’s biggest single to date. Some people are just born to play the bad guy and Chris is definitely a first ballot bad boy of R&B hall of famer. When he isn’t concerned with his media perception or deleting tweets Chris’s personality shines through his music and “Loyal” epitomizes it.
Face it; the genre of R&B needs a bad guy to balance out its kindhearted nature. Michael Jackson, Rick James, Bobby Brown, and R. Kelly have all tightroped that genius/insanity borderline and Chris Brown should openly accept his position amongst them. America is the land of second, third, and fourth chances for anyone with talent. Of course there are going to be some who never grace Chris Brown with forgiveness, but he can’t be concerned with that anymore. As “Loyal continues to see success, it is proof that the majority of the world has accepted Chris Brown for what he is, an entertainer. Chris has proven that he isn’t worthy of being considered anything else, and he should be comfortable with that. When Breezy’s focal point is entertainment, he excels to the heights of the best in the world producing damn good songs like “Loyal”, which in turn make us the same.
Stay Down Blaze Up – DH