Chris Brown, Tyga: Fan of a Fan: The Album

Rap and R&B bad boys team up for an adolescent romp

Credit: Ben Cope

Chris Brown and Tyga present themselves as friends, but on their first full album together, they seem more like enablers. A true pal would have responded to lines like "She'll cook and clean, I got it made/Handcuffed like she a slave" (from Tyga, on the narcissistic sex fantasy "Remember Me") with an intervention, not more studio time. Even clowns can make great music, though, and Fan of a Fan has its share of low-end R&B bangers. A drifting sample of the words "I need you" makes "Ayo" the most notable of these, hinting at the sort of vulnerability the rest of the record tries so desperately to conceal.