NEW YORK — After several months of relative quiet following his February assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna, [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] has re-emerged with a slick new video for his single “I Can Transform Ya,” featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz. We headed to Times Square to ask fans: Is the video enough to spark a full-fledged comeback?
What was clear from talking to our mostly European respondents is that no one has forgotten what Brown is coming back from, but they were willing to set the controversy aside and review the clip.
“I thought Chris Brown’s video was pretty good,” Anna said. “Quite good dancing in it — a bit dull, though, a bit black, could have had a bit more color in it.”
Marijke wasn’t really impressed with the video either, calling it “a little bit common, not very special.” After a short pause, though, she admitted, “But I liked it.”
Though the video might reside in safe territory for hip-hop and R&B, Vicky was impressed by the style: “I think it’s a good image for him, quite fresh and chic, despite what happened previously.”
A new video seems like a good way to recover from a tarnished image; even better, getting Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz onboard. “It’s a good video to come back with,” Ashley said, “especially because it’s got Lil Wayne in it, and Lil Wayne is kind of hot right now.” With all the careers Weezy has helped launch — including red-hot newcomer Drake — his presence in the clip certainly can’t hurt Brown’s rebuilding process.
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