Chris Brown and Tyga return to the scene with the follow-up to their 2010 mixtape ‘Fan Of A Fan’ with an album of the same name. The album which sparked interest a back in 2014 with the release of the lead-single, “AYO”, has been anticipating fans for the duos return as a unit for a while! Delivering club-bangers and smooth jams for ladies alike, Fan Of A Fan: The Album hits a couple nails on the head while missing others completely. The album opens up with the smooth, Cali-vibe influenced “Westside” which sets the pace of the rest of the album which explores themes of the infectious fast life: expletive-filled musings on sex, drugs, cars, money and dangerous misogyny. Before turning up on “AYO”, the duo plug in Ty Dolla $ign for the bouncy DJ Mustard produced “Nothing Like Me”. The duo then slows it down with freaky, low-end R&B bangers such as “Girl You Loud” and “Remember Me”. Picking up the energy, Chris Brown joins Tyga to spit over another bouncy production titled “I Bet” featuring 50 Cent. Pusha T is one of the album’s highlights with his hard-hitting verse on a smooth bragging-anthem titled “D.G.I.F.U” (Don’t Get It F*cked Up) where the duo sample big names such as the Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem. Other collaborations on the album include Boosie Badazz on one of my favorites titled “Real One”, Fat Trel on another smooth track titled “Lights Out”, Schoolboy Q on “B*tches & Marijuana”, Jay 305 & T.I. on “Bunkin” and Wale on a Michael Jackson, funk-infused record titled “It’s Yo Sh*t”. The album closes with “Banjo”, a final smooth bedroom-filler for the ladies. Overall, great project for the fans! However, Fan Of A Fan 2: The Album can be a hit or miss depending on what your looking for! Besides a smooth track titled “Better”, this album lacks the content that it’s prior mixtape consisted of on tracks such as “Deuces” and “Strip”. While the duo delivers high-energy, bouncy beats suitable for nights out, they forget pop-rap alchemy, a key ingredient for the radio success that would separate these artists from the messy headlines they can’t shake off. While the duo plug in an impressive all-star lineup for the project, Chris Brown and Tyga seem to forget their strengths as individuals which make them a powerful duo by themselves. In my opinion, the Chris Brown and Tyga could have set the bar even higher then they did back in 2010 but instead they got lost in the hype of their current success. Will I be banging to Fan Of A Fan: The Album? Of course, I can’t wait until the weekend so I could live the infectious fast life on a minor budget! However, next time around, whether it’s a collaboration project or individual records, I’d like to see Breezy and Tyga hit harder!
Chris Brown & Tyga – “AYO”