Chris Brown, 23-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer, recently engaged in a Twitter feud with veteran recording artist Brian McKnight, who defended the new themes in his music by comparing them to the younger singer's domestic violence incident a few years ago.
- Reuters/Phil McCarten
- Reuters/Phil McCarten
McKnight's fans seemed to be unhappy with the direction of his new music, which focuses heavily on vulgar lyrics that the 42-year-old singer did not include in his past material. After McKnight lent his voice to a jingle for a pornographic website recently, his fans seemed unhappy with the crooner's new direction.
"Keep your integrity and produce quality music, true fans never fade," one fan tweeted to McKnight.
However, McKnight defended his decision to include vulgar lyrics in his most recent songs instead of focusing on having integrity in his content.
"Really then why are record sales for everyone so low, why weren't you on my timeline until now," McKnight tweeted. "Integrity won't pay the mortgages, I will ask all of you how many of you would do your job for no pay?"
The singer then went on to speak about other entertainers who were being supported by fans despite showcasing a possible lack of integrity.
"Since everyone's so opinionated I'm taking suggestions on what I should do next," McKnight tweeted after receiving backlash from multiple fans last Friday. "I'm thinking rent a lambo and beat the (expletive) out of my girl..that's acceptable these days."
Many people following McKnight's comments on Twitter believed the Grammy Award-winning singer was referencing Chris Brown, who was prosecuted in 2009 for physically assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna.
McKnight also indirectly questioned the behavior shown by singer R.Kelly and boxer Floyd Mayweather over the years.
"..Or maybe have sex with a 14-year-old girl and film it, that's acceptable these days," McKnight tweeted. "Or let the court system let me make 35 million before I do my 87 days in a private cell for domestic abuse. That's acceptable these days."
However, Brown caught wind of McKnight's tweets, calling the veteran singer's latest releases "trash." The 23-year-old singer indirectly accused older singers of using his name for fame after becoming irrelevant.
"I would have gladly wrote you something that would make you look less irrelevant! I can't keep helping these old (expletives)," Brown tweeted over the weekend. "I see how this works now. When people's careers get to the 'nobody cares' stage they use my name for publicity! Lol."
Still, McKnight insisted that he meant no disrespect to any other entertainers. Instead, he insisted that he was pointing out flaws that exist in society.
"I meant no disrespect to anyone, I was merely pointing out that in today's society anything goes and we are all to blame the end," McKnight tweeted.