written by Carla Bynum
Royalty is a near perfect mixture of all the elements that make Chris Brown the artist he is today.
It wouldn’t be a Chris Brown album if he didn’t give us a little sexy, that is evident by the album’s opening with the single “Back to Sleep.” The song was officially released as a single on November 9th. CB promises to rock and f**k his girl back to sleep.
Brown’s artist Solo Lucci joins CB on the track “Wrist,” which was released as a single with the pre-order of the album on December 4th. The song is about the ice dripping on his wrist.
“Make Love” is a self-explanatory song about how much Chris wants to make love to the lady in his life.
The album’s first official single “Liquor” was released on the Breakfast Club radio show on June 25th. Chris has had too much to drink and thinks that someone may have slipped something into his drink because everything is a blur and all he wants is the girl in front of him.
CB remembers a relationship where he gave his all and his ex-girlfriend did not do the same in return. Now that he is famous, she wants the old thing back and wants to know how much he misses her and thinks about her. According to CB, the number of times he thinks of her is “Zero.”
In contrast of the previous song, Chris sings about a relationship that he let slip through his fingers. She never had someone love her the way that he did and he had no problem showing her his flaws in return for hers. No matter what happens in their lives, he promises to love her “Anyway.”
“Picture Me Rollin’” is a feel good song that gives a 90s rap feel and features elements of Warren G and Nate Dogg’s hit “Regulate.”
“Who’s Gonna (Nobody)” contains elements of the famous Keith Sweat song “Nobody” and gives the same sexy vibe. Chris asks who is going to love and make love to his lady like him.
Although Chris knows that he messed up in his relationship, he wants to try to get the girl back and all he needs is one night on the song “Discover.”
Chris has been admiring a stripper from afar and he is ready to take her home with him and show her a good time on the track “Little Bit.”
On the song “Proof,” Brown admits that he is hard to love but his heart is loyal to his lady.
Chris does and says what he wants because he has “No Filter.” He is officially out of f**ks to give and has no plans to change.
At first listen it may sound like Chris is singing about his lover but he dedicated the song “Little More (Royalty)” to his daughter. He has shared custody with her mother and when it is time for Royalty to leave, he wants more time. He released a video for the song featuring his little princess on December 18th.
The deluxe version of Royalty contains four additional songs: “Day One,” “Blow it in the Wind,” “KAE,” and “U Did It.”
Most people desire to find a love that has been loyal to them since the beginning and that’s exactly what Chris has in the girl he’s singing about on “Day One.”
“Blow it in the Wind” is a feel good song about enjoying life and saying eff your problems.
The song “KAE” is about Brown’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. They have had several ups and downs in their relationship and the final straw for Karrueche was finding out that Chris had a baby with another woman while they were together. While he cherishes the time they spent together, he thinks it is best they continue to go their separate ways.
Future joins Chris on the final track “U Did It” which is about exes who made them better people.
Over the course of his career, Chris Brown has been one of few artists to consistently release hit singles. He has remained a constant presence in the music industry and his seventh studio album shows his growth as a person, especially since he is now a father. Royalty seems like his most true to form album in a while and it showcases a more personal side of the artist. He talks about fatherhood, mistakes in love, and trying to grow as a person.
Recommended Tracks: “Little More (Royalty),” “Make Love,” “Discover,” “Picture Me Rollin’,” “Who’s Gonna (Nobody),”