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Lloyd Helped Spawn Chris Brown’s “Comeback”

Posted by J. Tinsley on July 2, 2010

By now, Chris Brown’s performance at the BET Awards last Sunday has been talked about, analyzed and dissected by everyone somewhat associated with pop culture. It was one of those moments that when his career ultimately comes to a close and a documentary is shot on his life, his Michael Jackson Tribute will be known as one of those “career making” moments. One time worldwide pop star shunned by a domestic violence mistake only to return to glory in an emotional performance on a big stage? Yeah, that script couldn’t have been written any better.

Personally, I believed the performance was authentic. Turns out, Lloyd did too. The singer, who has been friends with Brown for years, said he spoke to the embattled R&B artist weeks before the awards show. He told Chris to win the acceptance of the mainstream public back, he’d have to “let that emotion out.” Lloyd recently caught up with AllHipHop to give an official statement on the matter.

I consider Chris a friend. He’s been through a lot in the past couple years. I never told him to go on stage and cry. We spoke recently, and I told him as a friend that people hadn’t really seen him be vulnerable about his situation last year [with Rihanna]. I thought he was holding back and needed to let that emotion out. Him crying at the BET Awards was real, I could feel it.

I think he cried about a number of things. About the fact that he thought people would hate him forever because of one mistake. Feeling that love on stage was probably overwhelming. Plus MJ being gone and him performing “Man in the Mirror”, that song is powerful, especially for his situation. It pushed him over the edge.

To say that he was faking or that I’m hating on him, that’s some bull shit. Last week Essence.com asked me what artist most embodied MJ. I told them it was Chris. I never saw MJ perform live, but he [Chris Brown] is the closest thing I’ve witnessed. Chris is back, and I’m just as excited as his fans are. It’s just frustrating that people want to make everything negative.

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