Look at Chris Brown now. While the singer and prolific performer dominated headlines for years, the focus hasn't always been solely on his music. But as we inch closer to the 2011 Video Music Awards, Busta Rhymes expects big things from his buddy.
"You know, for Chris especially, this is probably his first run where the obstacles aren't like they have been for him over the last couple of years, so he really got something to get off his chest," Busta Rhymes told MTV News on the red carpet of the BMI Urban Awards on Friday night in Los Angeles. "I think people have been seeing that with just his whole success run this year."
Two years after his assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna, Brown has turned attention back to his musical accomplishments in 2011. He has flooded the charts with a number of singles from his F.A.M.E. album, including "Deuces," "She Ain't You," "Beautiful People" and of course his multiple VMA-nominated "Look at Me Now," featuring Lil Wayne and Busta.
"He definitely bounced back like a G and a champ," Bussa Bus said. "I'm saluting him and I'm proud of him."
And as choreographers Rich and Tone build up our anticipation of Chris Brown's performance at the VMAs, Busta wouldn't confirm or deny his participation in the set.
"I can't really give you any details," the Brooklyn rapper said of Sunday's performance. "I don't know what we're gonna do. I don't know what he's gonna do."
The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday from Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.