The Bottom Line
This is a promising debut for 16 year old Chris Brown. Bow Wow suddenly has competition. He has a sweet voice that compares favorably to the likes of Usher, the song is catchy, and his charisma in the video for "Run It!" is obvious.
Listen to "Run It!" and watch the video at Chris Brown's Official Site.
- That ominous, creepy background
- Chris Brown's sweet voice
- Catchy chorus
- Breakdancing in the video
- Another cookie cutter Scott Storch production
- Slightly ominous sounding Scott Storch production
- MC duties by Def Jam artist Juelz Santana
- Chris Brown encourages a girl to show him what she can do
Guide Review - Run It! - Chris Brown (Jive)
He's 16 and on his way up. Bow Wow may have competition for the hearts of the girls, although Chris Brown's a singer not a rapper, and in a few years Brown could be a new Usher. Hooking up with red hot hip hop producer Scott Storch on your first record is one of the best ways to score a hit out of the box. "Run It!" should do well.
Chris Brown doesn't hail from one of the established hip hop centers such as New York, Atlanta or Los Angeles. He's a small town boy from Virginia. As such, Brown has the opportunity to carve his own direction in the crowded hip hop world. We'll have to wait and see whether he does. For now, enjoy his take on being a hormone-charged teenage male, and don't miss the video that accompanies "Run It!" The breakdancing is great to watch, and there's a fun little twist in the end.