Brown was jailed in March for violating his probation in the Rihanna assault case and was released in June. While he was behind bars, the 25-year-old wasn’t able to write music or do anything artistic.
“You know, jail isn’t a place of many creative spirits," explained Brown. "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.”
His daily routine consisted of being woken up for breakfast by a guard and staying in his cell for 24 hours a day (except for certain Mondays where “you go to the roof inside of a cage and have a phone call.”). There was a bright side of the time in “isolation,” according to the Virginia native. “You have time to focus on what matters,” he said. “On what to do and what not to do.”
Figuring out what “not to do” has so far been easy. He received a glowing probation review last month and realizes that jail wasn’t such a bad thing. “There was a purpose,” Brown said. “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.”
Just as he was candid about jail, Brown was equally open when talking about Rih Rih. Even though both have moved on, there’s only one way that their names won’t continue to be linked. “When we’re not relevant anymore, that might be the case,” Brown theorized. “As long as you’re doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they don’t want you to surpass a certain level or elevate. But as long as you have your head on straight, it shouldn’t matter what people want to say.”
Brown also talked about setting an example for others. Although he believes his fans can learn from his mistakes, he'll leave it up to the public to decide if he's a "role model" or not. "I take the humble approach and let people make that decision for themselves."
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