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Chris Brown, Jean Baptiste: Singer Is ‘Better Human Being,’ Touches on ‘Rock Melodies’

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The public is still talking about Chris Brown‘s return to the Grammy’s over the weekend. With his handful of high-energy performances and win for Best R&B Album, it seems any ill feelings left over from his 2009 Grammy-weekend debacle — the highly publicized incident in which he beat up then-girlfriend Rihanna — may be on their way out the door.

Since the release of his ‘F.A.M.E.’ album in 2011, Brown, 22, has tried his best to shift the public’s focus away from his personal life and solely onto his music. This is a move that his producer, Jean Baptiste — he’s produced ‘Look at Me Now,’ ‘She Ain’t You’ and ‘Beautiful People’ off ‘F.A.M.E.’ — says will pay off on his sixth release, ‘Fortune,’ due out next month.

“He’s a better human being,” Baptiste tells The BoomBox, explaining how the ‘Turn Up the Music’ crooner has changed over the past year.

“He’s growing leaps and bounds as far as his artistry and craft,” Baptiste adds. “He’s producing. He’s writing … He’s not writing with a pen; he’s just going in and freestyling hit records. He’s the closest thing we have to a young Michael Jackson.”

Baptiste, who’s crafting records for Brown’s fifth LP, reveals the singer will continue to blur the lines between genres and showcase his love for different kinds of music. Like many artists in his lane, Brown seeks to place himself in more than one musical box.

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“Chris is doing songs that no other R&B artist has ever done, as far as the style of music that he’s doing,” the producer states. “[He's living in different genres] totally, seamlessly. He’s touching on rock melodies, he’s touching on stuff that’s like … it’s ridiculous. It’s like early Depeche Mode, urban — he’s all over the place.”

Last year, Brown explained that ‘Fortune’ would act as the continuation to ‘F.A.M.E.’ The album is slated for a March 16 release.

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