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Chris Brown releases new music one day after arrest

Days after a standoff, Chris Brown returns with 'What Would You Do?'


Ramon Ramirez


Published Sep 2, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:48 am CDT

R&B idol Chris Brown released new music on Thursday via his SoundCloud account. Not bad for a guy who was arrested this week on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

During his standoff with Los Angeles police on Tuesday, Brown posted Instagram videos and joked that the incident was a good marketing opportunity. It’s not clear if the new song, “What Would You Do?” was written and recorded in response to the incident—he was immediately released on a $250,00 bond—but Brown was right.

The track is a house-fused lounge banger. Brown leans on his vocoder-accented pipes to add the Smuckers. It’s not political, instead leaning on his late-night romance themes that fuel his biggest work. My guess is he had it laying around and felt like some audience engagement post-standoff. But even a Brown throwaway track is a vastly satisfying slab of humanist pop—and continues his astonishing knack for separating life from art. 

H/T Los Angeles Times

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*First Published: Sep 2, 2016, 5:38 pm CDT