Chris Brown needs a strong role model to make him a better man.
Dear Mr. Carter (Jay Z),
You don’t know me. I’m a long time writer, and also a huge music fan who’s followed you for years (I remember “Hawaiian Sophie”). I know you must have a crazy schedule, you being possibly the smartest musician in the industry presently (That Samsung deal was GENIUS). You’re probably working on your next monster deal, while secretly prepping “The Blueprint 4”. Or , you may just be busy being a Dad and husband, while continuing your world takeover. Either way, I get that you may be pressed for time.
I’m writing you, because it’s no secret to any Jay Z fan that you are also a hell of a mentor. You got Ne-Yo out of label purgatory, and heavily helped him become a star. You’ve advised your wife, Beyoncé, behind the scenes with her albums. And, you guided Rihanna to super-stardom.
It’s funny that I mentioned Rihanna.
We all know that she ran into some serious trouble four years ago. She got into a nasty altercation with her then boyfriend Chris Brown. It was explosive. And it got more so when pictures of Rihanna’s battered face hit the ‘net. In the following years, there were rumors that you had a “talk” with Chris over his treatment of your protege. It must have been some talk, because you may be the ONE celeb that he hasn’t dissed on Twitter Or anywhere else). We can only assume that you put the fear of God into him.
Which is why, in my opinion, you are the only one who can save Chris Brown.
Jay… I’m asking you to save Chris Brown.
I know. I must be INSANE asking you to come to the aid of a man who assaulted your female mentee. What gall I must have, right? I get it.
But, here’s why I think you are the man to save Chris Brown.
As you know, Jay, Chris has had a series of misadventures since 2009. More fights, more scandals. A number of temper tantrums. Sounds like a brat, doesn’t it?
Also sounds like a young man with no dominant male in his life.
Here’s two quick examples of how much a male Big Dog can make a difference in a young man’s life.
The first young man was a young R&B singer who had obvious star talent as a child. He was coached/managed by his mom, and, according to reports and rumors, he could run over her at times. But, he could NOT run over his male label boss who was used to giving orders on a daily basis. In fact, his male boss TOLD this young man to stop acting in movies and get his ass back into a recording studio at one point in his career. The young man grew up to be a long time superstar, who still has a thriving career in his thirties.
The second young man was also a child star. He “blew up” when he was 19 years old, and it looked like he would he have a long career as a superstar in his own right. The problem with this young man was never having anyone tell him “No” (at nearly any point in his life). In fact, he famously made his brother his manager, after infamously saying “If I had a (regular) manager, I’d kill him” and then went to burn bridges, diss the older men who helped make him a star, and then imploded in front of the entire world.
The first young man is Usher Raymond.
The second young man is Bobby Brown.
See where I’m going with this, Jay? A “big dog” like you could steer Chris in the right direction. You could help him navigate the rough terrain of 21st century stardom (TMZ, iPhones, Twitter, etc.). You could be a soundboard for Chris.
You wouldn’t be AFRAID of Chris.
That’s the key. I don’t think Chris has met too many men that he isn’t scared of. But you? The guy who scraped and fought from the mean streets of Brooklyn? The man who’s beefed with Tupac, Nas, and 50 Cent, and come out on top? The guy who’s outwitted the coldest street hustlers and the most predatory corporate sharks? Probably earlier this afternoon? THAT’S the guy Chris Brown needs in his corner. A man who won’t take his shit.
Lastly, I want you to save Chris Brown because he’s insanely talented. I mean once in two generations kind of talented. I think he’s a better natural dancer than Usher (Check out the 2007 MTV VMA’s on YouTube). I think he’s an exceptional singer. He’s a great songwriter. And, the kid can flow (Check “Look At Me Now”). He can even paint. He’s a true artist, and a star. And, he should be a way bigger star than he is now. I also understand that the incident in 2009 has hurt his image.
But, Jay, I think you are the man, the ONLY man who can save Breezy. I know. He attacked someone who may be close to you. I know it was a woman. But, when I look at Chris, I see a young man who’s more than likely never had any male guidance. Who better to give it to him than you, the premier social tactician/kingmaker of his day?
Thank you for your time, Mr. Carter,
Greg Simms Jr.