Remember back in 2005 when Chris Brown was just a precocious teenager trying to spit undeveloped game to all the pretty young ladies? Though his later shenanigans all but erased the squeaky clean image that we used to have of the embattled R&B star, Chris was willing to take us back in time as he helped kick off the performances at this year’s Soul Train Awards.
Starting with a clip of a performance from that kinder, gentler period in his life, Chris — in a black hoodie and white jeans ripped at the knee — set things off in his higher register to give the audience a brief performance of “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” complete with the energetic dance moves of his youth. He soon moved on to something a bit more grown with “Poppin'” and “Take You Down,” each pairing Chris alone with the four female dancers on stage before being joined by the fellas. For both songs, the energy both vocally and performance-wise, seemed just a tad bit down. Perhaps that was because he was saving it all for the grand finale, which was his current hit “Loyal.”
For that one, the audience lit up as well as everyone joined in to sing about loose women chasing him with some money in his pocket. It was very obvious that the song resonated with everyone in attendance, especially since Breezy went on to win three awards during the evening’s festivities.
If you happened to miss his throwback set, watch Chris dance his way down memory lane right here.