Chris Brown is hitting the covers of Billboard magazine and explaining what it was like to be in jail.
In the cover story, which happens to be Brown’s first formal interview since leaving jail in June, he opens up about what it was like on the inside. The 25-year-old spent 108 days in a Los Angeles county jail earlier this year for violating parole after assaulting a stranger in Washington, D.C., last October.
“A guard wakes you up; you eat,” Brown says. “You stay in your cell most of the time, basically 24 hours a day. Maybe on Mondays you go to the roof inside of a cage and have a phone call. It’s isolation. You have time to focus on what matters, on what to do and what not to do.”
Brown also explains that unlike other artists who go to jail and come out with a catalogue of songs, he did no music behind bars.
“You know, jail isn’t a place of many creative spirits. But as far as my creativity, I put it on hold until I got out. Jail is more of a regimen and a structure. I’m more of a free spirit when it comes to creating music, painting and art. So when I got out, I was very excited to get into the studio. I didn’t have any ideas or concepts; they usually come as I go [in to record]. I was drawing and sketching most of the time, biding time.”
Chris’ album, X, is due September 16 and looking back at it, he feels as if the jail time helped him in the end.
“[I had to feel] like this happened for a reason,” he says in the interview. “There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it. At that point, I didn’t look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it.”
But that’s not all, he also thinks it helped him mature, “My maturity level has risen as far as my realizing what’s important. Realizing that I’m human like everyone else. At the end of the day, it’s just a humbling experience. You’re more appreciative of everything else that’s on the outside. A burger tastes 1,000 times better when you’re out (Laughs.) I’m just more appreciative of the things I’m blessed with and the things I do: music, being able to take care of my family, being able to see my friends and family. And do what I love and still be able to do it in a timely fashion to where people don’t think, “Oh well, he fell off.” Still being able to be consistent.”
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