'These Hoes Ain't Loyal'? Thoughts on Chris Brown and his new album, X
I’m never quite sure about Chris Brown. That is to say, I’m never quite sure whether to give him another chance. The man has always been a fixture in my musical world— a music artist whom I have grown up with. Despite his antics, he has always been there. And familiarity does have its comforts.
During his blemish free teen days, I too was an innocent and cute teen listening to tracks like ‘Run It’ and ‘Say Goodbye’ (the latter was on repeat for much of my teen years). As he grew up and discovered himself, I was also finding out who I wanted to become and then some. He experimented with his hair. I experimented with my hair (actually, I’m still doing that XD). He grew more edgy and against the grain. I grew more edgy and against the grain. In a way, Chris was someone whom I’m sort of ran with side by side in life.
So, why am I unsure? There are a few qualms in my mind. When the news hit about his very, very publicized attack on his then-girlfriend Rihanna, I was shocked, and five years later the shock has subsided, but not the disappointment. If he truly understood the meaning of sexual assault and how that impacts not just your actions, but also your dialogue, I would have probably been cool with him at this point. It has been five years, and people do change, but Chris? At this point, I just heave a big sigh when I hear about something he’s done. And when he puts out songs like ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal,’ I know he still just does. not. get. it.
The catchiness of that song is what scares me. Even I have hummed along to it. The catchiness of any song that is latent with misogynoir (hatred towards Black women) is always really frightening and sad to me, because even women consume these lyrics, without a care in the world and little realization of what’s actually being said.
Let’s dissect for a moment. ‘These hoes ain’t loyal.’ Are they supposed to be? You treat them like dirt and they’re supposed to stay? I didn’t know that. ’These hoes ain’t loyal.’ They love sex way too much, so it’s no wonder they left? I forgot women can’t love sex too much. It’s detrimental to their being. ‘These hoes ain’t loyal.’ So you admit you cheat on them, but that’s just “what men do,” therefore it’s understandable? The point is that they’re still just supposed to stay just well..because. Oh. Didn’t know that either.
With songs like this, I’m at a loss. Chris Brown may have learned from his mistakes with Rihanna. I have no doubt about that. He even publicly called out for Ray Rice the other day and told him to get his anger in check, and with public reactions like that, I know Chris Brown understands a few of the basic issues beneath domestic assault, but I think that’s the issue— he’s basic. And much of what Chris sees is very black and white. You beat up people. Therefore, you have anger issues. Nothing else. The end.
That’s what worries me about Chris Brown. That he along with his fans do not truly understand what’s at work with his antics. And now, as people are back on the Chris Brown hype with his latest album, ‘X,’ I shudder a little bit because of how people view him. Some people are finally letting go off his assault on Rihanna, whereas as those who hate him think that’s the only negative thing he has done. I see so many more issues so no, I am not letting go. When he puts out songs like ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal’ in the last five months alone, I have absolutely no idea what good this man has learned in the last five years. No idea.