It’s customary for music-loving individuals to debate which songs, albums, and artists they consider the best, especially when comparing one artist head-to-head with another. Opinions are openly expressed, facts are justifiably revisited. It makes for a great, educational, and often aggressive-but-fun conversation.
SoulTrain.com is going to start one right now!
Artist: Chris Brown
Albums: 6 total, includes Chris Brown (2005), F.A.M.E. (2011), Fortune (2012), X (2014), Royalty (2015)
Singles: “Run It,” “With You,” “Forever,” “Look At Me Now,” “Fine China”
#1s (Singles, Albums): 14
Artist: Bobby Brown
Albums: King of the Stage (1986), Don’t Be Cruel (1988), Bobby (1992), Forever (1997), The Masterpiece (2012)
Singles: “Girlfriend,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “My Prerogative,” “Humpin’ Around,” “Get Away”
#1s (Singles, Albums): 10
It’s hard not to compare Chris Brown and Bobby Brown. They’ve both had rocky relationships with high-profile singers, and each struggled with legal issues while under the media microscope. Hounded by tabloids and criticized for their behavior, the “bad boy” label stays tucked in the back of their shirts.
All scrutiny of their personal lives and conduct aside, both Bobby and Chris know how to roll up their sleeves, get down to work in the recording studio, and release infectious music that makes listeners get down and dirty.
Bobby was introduced with Boston-bred teen group New Edition during the early ‘80s. Once he realized he was good to go solo, he teamed with such super producers as Teddy Riley, Daryl Simmons, and LA (Reid) & Babyface to become one of the biggest hit-making solo acts of a generation.
For Chris, in this current era of EDM, pop, R&B and rap fusion, the hits just keep on coming. Staying close to trendy sound makers, he’s remained in the forefront among marquee artists, a consistent chart-topper since his teen years.
Both Browns made their place in the face of character analysis along with changing times and consumer tastes. But which of them is better?
Let The Great Debate begin! Tweet your choice to us @SoulTrain, using #TheGreatDebate!
—Mr. Joe Walker
Mr. Joe Walker is an urban and pop culture enthusiast. Known as “The Word Heavyweight Champion”, the biographer, author, entertainment and celebrity journalist, and columnist is currently a senior writer for SoulTrain.com, staff writer for Muskegon Tribune Newspaper, and writer of weekly classic hip-hop reviews for Concrete Magazine’s Concrete615.com. Also co-creator of TheGrooveSpot.com, Walker’s acclaimed, award-winning work has been published thousands of times regionally, nationally, internationally, and online. He is also working on a book project with Liquid Arts & Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @mrjoewalker, connect with him on Facebook, and also visit his blog MrJoeWalker.blogspot.com.