Chris Brown and Tyga’s collaborative effort, “Fan of a Fan: The Album,” couldn’t have arrived at a stranger time for the pair.
Yes, the album -- an official follow-up to their 2010 mixtape of the same name -- serves as a nice promotional push for Brown’s current co-headlining tour that also features Tyga. But between Brown’s ongoing legal troubles attached to his 2009 felony assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna and Tyga being blasted for gallivanting around with 17-year-old reality starlet Kylie Jenner (they are “just friends” he promises), the album calls attention to the most uncomfortable aspects of each artist's career.
Overwrought with rap cliches, “Fan of a Fan” is a formulaic heaping of bouncy bangers primed for the strip clubs that likely inspired it. There isn't much here, besides expletive-filled musings on sex, drugs, cars, money and dangerous misogyny (enough to make us wonder how either has sustained a female fan bases). Devoid of originality, the album is a forgettable entry for two artists who have proved they can do better.
We wanted to have some fun -- at their expense, of course. We decided to give the album a few more listens and keep track of all the rap tropes that pop up. And the results? See for yourself.
There are 24 references to cars. How shocking, two 25-year-old men bragging about their fast toys. All the talk of Lamborghini's or Benzes or [insert luxury car brand here] is usually their way of asserting how much better they are than average guys -- since, you know, a man is truly only defined by how many cars he drives.
Drugs come up 32 times. Not sure if Brown is still being subjected to drug testing as part of his probation, but if not, he’s given the judge a 12-song soundtrack to his affinity of blowing trees.
Money is mentioned 54 times. “Got more money than her ex / Way more money than her ex / And he ain't nothing like me, girl,” Brown sings on “Nothin’ Like Me,” because obviously women are only attracted to money so it’s best to have more than the last guy she was with because what else really matters?
There are 57* vulgarities toward women. The b-word is a favorite of theirs, although a few usages of the word “ho” made the cut on the album. And thus our disappointment toward hip-hop's unchecked misogyny continues to manifest. It's truly embarrassing that a male-driven genre has yet to mature beyond this point, and even more frustrating is that these two don't have more respect for their very large female fan base. *It should be noted nearly a third of the tally came from the unfortunately titled single “Bitches N Marijuana.”
And there are 122 sexual innuendos. OK, so like 99% of that count came from crass, arguably disgusting mentions of the litany of things they plan on doing to female conquests. There’s not much we can print here, but once we got to the reference of a woman’s cervix we wanted to quit. Sadly, that came halfway through the album (and yet, oddly, tamer than most of what was said). Still, we are red from the things we had to listen to.