The Chris Brown Documentary is all about who Christopher Brown is, recognized as Chris Brown, and his story. The “Welcome to My Life” aspect is literally referring to Brown’s coming of age into the light of fame to falling behind the judgement of his fans due to his dark past. Andrew Sandler, director of the documentary, really captures Brown’s fame to its fullest and yet captivates the audience with raw footage of his fear and emphasizes the immediate self-loathe Brown felt. By creating such an effect through Brown’s authentic story, some light is shed on his perspective and his struggles as well as his path to redemption. This is a documentary that must be seen to fully understand Brown’s own backstory and his decisions as well as his determination to become a better man and ultimately a great father to his daughter. This is his legacy all in one hour and fifteen minutes.
I won’t condone to his past behavior, but I also will not give you a biased standpoint. Is he good or bad?
That’s for the viewers to decide by watching it yourselves.
Chris Brown on Rihanna Assault: 'I Felt Like a F--king Monster'
Chris Brown had to reflect and have an internal conversation with himself. He needed to ask himself if he was happy with the person he is and was becoming? His fears and insecurities clouded his judgement leaving him to the public wolves to devour his figure. In 2010, he was a part of the Michael Jackson tribute in the BET awards singing “Man in the Mirror” through sobs. He wanted to make that change and through this song he wanted to say to the negative media and public eye that he deserves to be on this world and on the stage. People picked at his weakest spots and wanted a reaction from them and he reacted just the way they wanted to gain more audience traction. He had the desire to change and through county jail he sought redemption, and through the birth of his daughter he found a reason to be a better man: not for anyone, but his daughter. If it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger and Brown lived by this philosophy. Every entrepreneur needs to live by the philosophy that if it doesn’t kill you, then it means you can and will learn from your mistakes just as much as you will learn from adversity. Your pain, is your strength to become a successful entrepreneur. The amount of envy and haters you are going to receive will amount to nothing in comparison to the people who love and support you. Live better by being practical and reasonable, make cognitive decisions by being present and not letting other emotions cloud your judgement, and finally, be eternally happy by living for the ones you love not for the public eye.
As a human being, you are going to make several, several mistakes that you will regret or carry this guilt for the rest of your life. However, don’t ever impulsively react. Yes, you will be young and make stupid mistakes as an up and coming entrepreneur, but don’t crash and burn to the ground. Don’t let anger or hatred cloud your judgement for a decision. You are an entrepreneur that has so many people working for you and a family supporting you all the way. Chris Brown wished he made wise decisions, so that is for everyone to learn from. He went from being America’s Sweet Heart to public enemy number 1. There will be pressure from many sides. Brown faced his fan’s pressures of being a goof man, but once he committed a wrong, they turned against him. The media was critically responsive. You need to be accountable for your mistakes and accept the fact that you were in the wrong, but never let anyone tell you how to run your business! Once Brown was released from prison, he went back to the studio to reinvent himself. He wanted the public to hear his pain and understand his feelings. He won the public’s hearts again, topping the charts with his album. Until another slip up reopened the wounds of his biggest insecurities, being a monster like that man: violent. You won’t just fall once, you will continuously fall face first. You will hate yourself and want to give up your venture, but hold on! Push through and allow yourself to breathe. Remember the first time you told yourself that you are an entrepreneur. You wanted this and you will get through this! It never matters how many times you fell down, it matters where you ended up afterwards. You stood back up! As you continue to shift your focus to become a better version of yourself, bad habits die hard. This is a journey that will take time to master and overcome. But it will be the most needed to help your company succeed.
Never let other people affect your art, music, or hustle just stay YOUNGRY.
You see the perspective from many other artists, but most importantly from his family members. Chris Brown is a pop star who rose to stardom at the young age of 14 years old. Two years later he was a 16-year-old star. Speaking from a business perspective, he was YOUNGRY from a young age. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia Brown was full of energy and always the center of attention. He wanted to be on stage, he was a performer, a dancer and a singer. Through a chance meeting, he was sent to New York to discuss the opportunity of being a singer. He rose to fame in two years! He put in the effort to prove to his fans that he deserves to be on the stage. Practicing the choreography and really pouring his heart out to the performances. Aren’t all young entrepreneurs who have started their early stage business soaring through the sky when their business is booming? They worked so hard to get where they are and once you reach that materialistic success you become elated. Brown was elated. His career was soaring and yet he was still young with an underdeveloped frontal lobe, thus blinding his decision-making skills. He didn’t have a normal childhood and that was the consequence for reaching fame.
For young and early-stage entrepreneurs, when your business is booming, you’re obviously excited, but you pour your whole being into the business and sacrifice several things like family-time or sleep. Once you’re hyped and over-confident a couple of things can happen: you crash and burn to the ground or you effectively use this growth to grow personally and professionally, honing your skills. Unfortunately, Chris Brown crashed and burned himself to the bottom of the Earth. By losing the trust of his loved one, Rihanna, their relationship went downhill from there. Brown was about 18-years-old when the fights escalated to physical contact. He was young, yes, but he reacted impulsively and put hands on another being, severely injuring both parties: Rihanna and himself. His family and home problems, his parents’ divorce and living and breathing his mom being beaten by her new lover. It was all too familiar to him, to react just like that man did and especially when he realized after the fact that he was becoming the man he loathed to be. Under the public spotlight, he turned himself in for domestic-violence. He accepted the fact that he did wrong by raising his fists. He brought this upon himself by letting the anger take over, and his dark family business engulf his life, thus overshadowing the vision of his career.
"I look back at that picture and I'm like, 'That's not me, bro,'" he says. "I hate it to this day. That's going to haunt me forever."
THIS COMPELLING DOCUMENTARY MOVES BEYOND THE SPOTLIGHT AND PAST THE ATTENTION-GRABBING HEADLINES TO GIVE POP SUPERSTAR CHRIS BROWN A CHANCE TO TELL HIS OWN STORY. NEW INTERVIEWS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON REVEAL LONG-AWAITED ANSWERS ABOUT HIS PASSION FOR MAKING MUSIC, HIS TUMULTUOUS AND MUCH PUBLICIZED RELATIONSHIPS, AND THE PITFALLS OF COMING OF AGE IN THE PUBLIC EYE.
ALSO INCLUDED IS NEW CONCERT FOOTAGE, BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACCESS, AND SPECIAL INTERVIEWS FROM USHER, JENNIFER LOPEZ, DJ KHALED, MARY J BLIGE, MIKE TYSON, RITA ORA, JAMIE FOXX, TERRENCE JENKINS AND OTHERS.
DIRECTED BY ANDREW SANDLER
PRODUCED BY ANDREW LISTERMANN
A RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION