NEW YORK — Since his first single, “I Can Transform Ya,” is an upbeat Swizz Beatz-produced track, it’s not surprising that [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] is slowing things down for his second single, “Crawl.” The song, which marks the next single off his forthcoming album, Graffiti, got a mostly positive reaction from fans in Times Square.
Many agreed that Brown has the capability to craft a catchy tune that people can relate to. “I like Chris Brown. I’ve always liked everything that he’s come out with and his songs are always catchy. This is no different,” Kaylee Peters said.
Another fan already could imagine listening to the track, which finds the singer pleading reconciliation with a lover, with friends. “It’s something that I imagine putting on in the car when I’m driving with my friends, something we can all sing along to and really have a good time with.” Alicia Lyons said.
“I think what he’s saying is, it takes time to do everything. You crawl, you walk, then you run and jump,” Michel’le Baynard added.
But while many fans like the track, not all were happy to hear more mellow sounds from Brown. “It’s too slow-paced,” Jeff Epstein said. “He usually does better when he has good beats, like more hip-hop dance songs, and that one was just too slow for him. I don’t know. It’s just not really his genre.”
And of course, fans are already speculating that the song is about Brown’s former flame Rihanna.
“It kind of does seem like he’s talking about Rihanna,” Juan Trujillo said. “I thought he was [on parole] or something for hitting her, but hey, love comes around, right?”