According to Chris Brown, he was scheduled to perform tonight at the 2022 American Music Awards show but producers pulled the plug at the last minute without giving him a reason.
Media Take Out learned that legendary rapper and music producer Akon offered some insight into what happened during a recent interview with Shannon Sharpe. And according to Akon, they dropped Chris because of his gang affiliation.
Here’s what Chris would have done on stage:
“In this day and age, the only person, in my opinion, that could’ve achieved just as great of a legacy as [Michael Jackson] would’ve been Chris Brown,” Akon explained. “I just believe that Chris Brown wasn’t surrounded by the circle of creative people that Mike was surrounded by. Because Chris got the talent, he just needed the direction.”
The 49-year-old continued, adding, “So, imagine if Chris had Mike’s team. Just imagine that. But Chris, he got Bloods around him. He got little gangbangers around him. He don’t have the guidance. He’s smart, but he’s smart in what this generation attracts.”
While Shannon Sharpe thinks that Chris can never achieve Michael Jackson level greatness, Akon thinks there still is a chance.
“It’s too late now,” the former NFL star said of Brown’s prospects of selling 100 million albums is slim to none at this point in time. However, Sharpe points out that Brown is doing well for himself regardless of those missed opportunities, noting his massive streaming numbers and bankability.
Chris has been rumored to be affiliated with the Bloods gang for years. In 2016, the rapper lashed out at entertainers claiming to be members of gangs in a post on social media. That same year, Brown was hit with a lawsuit by Suge Knight following a shooting at 1 OAK in L.A., with the rap mogul claiming the Breezy rapper’s affiliation with gangs led to the incident.
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