Chris Brown has apologized for throwing a out on Instagram after he was unable to win the Grammy for the best R&B album Robert Glasper, the acclaimed producer and pianist who’s work transcends music, jazz R&B as well as hip-hop.
By posting an image of his explicit message directly at Glasper, Brown wrote, “Congratulations my brother… I would like to apologize if you took offense to my reaction at the Grammys. You were not the intended target and I know I came off really rude and mean.”
Brown continued, “After doing my research I actually think you’re amazing… the organization isn’t doing us Blacks our due diligence. You and I should never be in the same category… two totally different vibes and genres. So from one Black man to another, congratulations. Hope you are able to feed your family for life. God bless my G.”
After Glasper was awarded the fifth Grammy prize, beating Brown for the R&B album category. Brown uploaded an Instagram account of Glasper which read:“Y’all playing. Who da fuck is this?” He then wrote, “Ima keep kicking y’all ass! Respectfully.”
Brown also shared an image that reads: “Who the f*ck is Robert Glasper,” . Using a graphic and phrase that Glasper himself has used in self-deprecating fashion. Last week, Glasper wrote on his own Instagram, “It’s been brought to my attention that y’all have questions about Who TF is Robert Glasper! If y’all have questions, I have answers. Check out my stories to play along!”
Brown -who was recognize for his 21 Grammys and has won one of them -He then went on to write “I gotta get my skills up… ima start playing the harmonica.” He then reposted a TikTok showcasing his achievements, including chart performance and ticket sales. The end of the video shows a Google search of Glasper with a voice over that says, “Who the fuck is this?”
A representative from Glasper has not yet responded to Variety‘s request for an explanation.
Glasper will soon begin a string of dates for festivals across Mexico in addition to Australia. In April, he’ll perform at Coachella as part of his group Dinner Party, which features contemporary jazz giants Kamasi Washington, and Terrace Martin.
In an interview by the magazine Variety, Glasper spoke of his ability to leap between genres, saying:
“No one in the history of music has ever been a high-level musician in any other genre — like a high-level R&B or hip-hop or classical musician — and been able to go into the jazz world and make some noise and get respect. That doesn’t happen. To play jazz, you have to master your instrument just to play the music, even in a mediocre sense.”
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