Anita Baker Says Chris Brown is “Brilliant”

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Team Breezy has a new member in R&B vocalist Anita Baker. Speaking with The BoomBox, Anita says she thinks Chris is “gifted beyond measure.” As for who he is as a person, she refuses to judge him based on private problems. She explained, "That’s all I could take from him because that’s all I’m entitled to, is his artistry. I take it and I embrace it."


Baker applauds the Fortune creator’s ability to succeed professionally while dealing with personal trials and tribulations under public scrutiny.

"I also embrace his, whatever it is that has allowed these young ones to endure what they endure publicly, and to still be able to present themselves to us," she admits. "Historically, in my generation, all of my heroes and heroines have had issues and problems. We all do. Chris Brown is brilliant. That cat is crazy brilliant and I wish him the best."

Twenty nine years ago, when Baker debuted her first album, The Songstress, in 1983, camera-wielding paparazzi and gossip blogs weren’t prevalent, giving pop stars and the like more privacy when dealing with their own personal demons. But the Detroit-raised singer says the big difference she finds between then and now is the constant struggle to protect her livelihood.

"Time has nothing to do with the gifts that the gods give you; it’s what you do," she states. "I think what is challenging right now and what I’ve come into, is the ability with this push-button and digital and ‘edit this’ and ‘touch that’ [era], I’ve had to protect live vocals that I do from producers and people.

No word on whether Anita has ever dropped it, dropped it low to a Breezy tune.

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