Chris Brown/Big Sean Covers XXL December 2012/January 2013 Issue

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R&B singer Chris Brown and G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam rapper Big Sean nabbed the December 2012/January 2013 double issue of XXL Magazine. This is a special issue because it is Chris’ first major interview in almost two years. Chris also wrote the cover story himself and he reflected on his growth as an artist, moving past hardships in his life, recent altercations, his crazy love life and much more. Below are some quotes:

“In the beginning, I used to be hot. I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that’s a lie, I’m numb to it. I’ve smartened up.”

“A lot of people wanna know about the whole situation with me, Drake and Meek Mill. At the end of the day, I’m me, they’re them. They rap, I sing. Totally different caliber. I rap, I play around on mixtapes. But our words don’t collide as much as you’d think.”

I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression. I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions. Even if the media asks me something, if it’s cool then it’s, ‘What’s up?’ But if it’s anything that’s too negative, I don’t care to respond.”

One thing people often want me to talk about is my public love life. When it comes to my love life, the perception seems as though I am a player. But that’s not true. Love is something I am still learning. It’s just an obstacle that I haven’t yet mastered. I think that’s my biggest hurdle in life.

 “I use music or painting as my outlet to get through the confusion. I try to promote positivity and love.”

On the other cover, Detroit native Big Sean talked about his upcoming sophomore album, Hall Of Fame, having the potential to change the world, how his city and experiences incorporated him into who he is today, and much more. Below are some quotes:

“It’s deeper than just comin’ up or making money. We got the potential and opportunities to change the world—and still have fun with it. It’s a responsibility that I feel like I’m willing to take.”

“I took all my experiences from Detroit and incorporated them into who I am today. From partying to inspiration to sharing times about being broke to love to the dope boys, paper chasers. I would see all the players rocking furs and gators. I’ve seen people get killed. I’ve seen people spend crazy money. I’ve seen poor people. I give every aspect of the city in my music. They need somebody to tell that story.”

The Dec/Jan issue hits newsstands December 4.

Source: XXL

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