When Chris Brown was discovered in 2005, the Virginian represented the young, fresh and new generation of 80s babies who, having grown up emulating the moves of their favorite entertainers, now had a chance to become stars in their own right. All of a sudden, people were buying into their Goodies, whilst demanding that the DJs, radio stations and video channels Pon De Replay and Run It again. Two years on and with the looming cloud of beginners luck having now settled, Chris Brown has more than proved his clout as a bankable entertainer; so much so that even his idols are fans. With the impending release of Exclusive the follow up to his three million dollar selling debut – the 18-year-old talks to us about birthdays, haters, Michael Jackson and his firsthand experience of domestic abuse. AllHipHop.com Alternatives: The first time I saw you perform was at your first UK showcase back in 2005. Do you remember that day?Chris Brown: Yeah. I was just thinking of being ready for the show. I was just getting prepared all day like, because it was my first time performing out there, and it was in front of a lot of industry professionals, and I was just thinking of getting it right. AHHA: Is it true you were originally going to be signed to Def Jam?Chris Brown: Yeah I was going to go to Def Jam at first with Tina Davis, and when she left Def Jam, she became my manager, and I went to Jive.AHHA: Your current single Wall to Wall has been you lowest charting single to date. Musically, do you think its any different from your other releases or a case of the sophomore jinx? Chris Brown: I think that its got to do with the release time when we put it out. When we released it, people were confused and didnt know whether it was a single or not. It was a leak, but at the same time when we made it official and by the time the video came out because we shot the video so late. Thats what I think contributed to it you know what Im saying? You never know, but I think that as far as what its doing and did visually… Its doing really well in the UK, its doing good in the States. Well, it did aight, but the video still went to Number One on both video stations for weeks. The song doing as it did didnt bother me that much. Just as long as they know the videos dope. AHHA: You turned 18 in May with a big party. Can you tell us about it?Chris Brown: The party was cool; I had two parties. One for the family, and one for just fans and everybody who wanted to come. The groups that are with my label came as well as from other labels like Rihanna came through and Whats that girls name from Love and Basketball? Sanaa Lathan and Jennifer Hudson. I cant even remember I was just chilling with everybody. Lil Mama came through…The Pack came, Huey, Trey Songz. AHHA: Did you really get a call from Michael Jackson on your birthday?Chris Brown: I got it the day after. AHHA: What was he saying?Chris Brown: He was just like wassup. He was really just speaking to me, like he told me happy birthday and was saying wassup. AHHA: So is the collaboration between you two definitely confirmed?Chris Brown: Well, hopefully it will be. Were talking but…like I originally talked to Will.I.Am, because he does some stuff for him. And then when I talked to Mike, he said, Yeah well do something. So hopefully we will do that record. AHHA: Being so young when you came out, how did/do you cope with regular teenage insecurities when youre in the spotlight?Chris Brown: Hmm I dont think I have them as much. Like when I left school and started doing music, I felt like I was thrown into the fast life of growing up and I was like, Ok lets work and do music and travel. So the insecurities werent really there. I mean maybe Ill have them about the clothes Im wearing and everything else, but I wasnt tripping like that. Ive always been an individual, so I wasnt really into what everybody else was doing. AHHA: Your next single is Kiss Kiss featuring T-Pain. He gets a lot of slack for using a vocoder. What made you want to work with him?Chris Brown: I mean people at the end of the day, they are gonna hate regardless. Nine-times-outta-ten, the average person could not do what T-Pain can do…vocally. People saying he cant sing and he needs a [vocoder], I just think its bull! Its a dope sound, and thats what makes him unique. Now you can hear other songs and other artists using it. I think people are uptight nowadays and are always being so critical as if theyre the judge, or the ambassador of the world you know what Im saying? His fans love him and at the end of the day. Im gonna get his album when it comes out, because I support him and love his music. AHHA: I can tell this is something you feel strongly about, so I guess you would legally buy the album?Chris Brown: [laughs] Its a no-brainer, because in the States hes poppin and everybodys copying him over in the States. I feel its important to support what hes doing. AHHA: When you were young you witnessed your mother being abused at the hands of your stepfather. What would you say to kids in that situation right now? Chris Brown: Well, me I would say…[pauses] find a…[pauses] try to just get away from it. Even if you cant get away from it…[pauses] I know what youre going through. At my age, I couldnt just sit through it and be like, I wanna do this to him and I wanna do that. It was a harder situation. I would say…[pauses] I dont know, just try not to hurt nobody after alls said and done. AHHA: I can tell this is a sensitive subject and must have been tough for you to go through. What did you do to cope with the domestic abuse you saw?Chris Brown: Like everything else, I put the old stuff behind me. I think people dwell on the past, but I dont think that the past haunts them. I dont even care like, I love my music and I love doing what Im doing now. At the end of the day, Im not even thinking about what happened years ago. AHHA: Ok lets move on. Increasingly nowadays, you dont have to have a good voice to have a hit that tops the charts. As an artist are you more concerned with having a hit record or making classic music that can stand the test of time?Chris Brown: Well nowadays with all this technology, you dont even have to say a thing! As in you can say the dumbest thing on a record and it will be a hit. Its all about your melody and your presence on a record and how good the record is. Im concerned with making music that feels good and what I like more then for anybody else. I know that anybody who wouldnt like my music cant be like its because he cant sing or dance. At the end of the day, these people are the ones with a record deal and the person thats criticizing is the one that still buys their stuff. I just look at it like, Ok. Its whatever… AHHA: Bow Wow and Omarion are coming together with a collaboration album. If you could choose one person from the world of Hip-Hop for a joint album who Chris Brown: Lil Wayne! AHHA: Wow, you didnt even let me finish my sentence. [laughs] So why Lil Wayne?Chris Brown: Hes the best MC period! Nobody messes with him. AHHA: In a recent interview, 50 Cent paid both you and Ciara a compliment saying that youre the future of the business and are going to be the best things out in a little bit. How do you feel about that?Chris Brown: I mean thats dope! 50s always been a supporter. He usually dont support a lot of artists and hes with himself saying, Let me do my own thing. I appreciate 50 saying that. I met him several times, and every time Ive met him hes been nothing like the big homey. Almost like a big brother type of fam, so its cool. I get on real cool with him.