With the summer tour season kicking off in a few weeks, 16-year-old Chris Brown says he's going on a major outing with some of the other hot young stars of hip-hop and R&B.
"Summer tour plans? We have a big summer tour called Up Close and Personal," he said last weekend in Chicago (see "Singles, Film, All-Star Tour: Chris Brown Says 'Gimme That' "). "It's me, Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Dem Franchize Boyz, Ne-Yo. We have a couple of other artists, but they're not confirmed yet. It's gonna be like 8,000-, 10,000-seaters. I can't wait. We gonna go out there and have fun."
Brown has some experience hanging out with these guys. Santana's assist on Brown's "Run It!" helped that song become a hit. And Lil Wayne raps on the remix of "Gimme That."
"He's one of my favorites," Brown said of Weezy. "Lyrically, he's incredible to me. I was like, 'I really want to get Lil' Wayne on the record.' He was like, 'Yeah, I'll do it.' The song was already done. When he put his vocals on it, he enhanced the track. I was like, 'Yeah, I can't wait to shoot the video.' "
Brown said he co-directed the video and came up with the concept.
"The chemistry was great," he said. "The dancing came out great, as well as my idea of going back to the '20s and '30s. It was like, 'Yeah, my vision was complete.'
"Just something different," he added about why he wanted to give his vid a retro look. "The beat sounded like a regular club beat. You go in the club and start dancing. I said, 'Well, what if they got Lil Wayne in a suit? What if they got me in a suit? What would they think?' Let's do something out the box that nobody would think about."
Brown said he's already writing songs for his next album and plans to begin recording his LP in October. This time around, he wants to work with Pharrell Williams and Kanye West and maybe get up with Scott Storch again ("Gimme That").
Reps for Dem Franchize Boyz and Ne-Yo have confirmed that they'll be going on the Up Close and Personal Tour. Lil' Wayne's publicist said the Cash Money Millionaire has been in talks for the tour, but nothing has been solidified. Santana's rep couldn't be reached.