Song of the Day #4,162: ‘No Guidance’ – Chris Brown feat. Drake

I’ve been feeling really good about the Billboard Top Ten in this installment of ‘What the Kids Are Listening To.’ The songs have been listenable, the artists have been likable. Overall, a very chill and positive vibe.

Then comes an ugly bump in the road in the form of the abusive pig Chris Brown. How is it that in the Cancel Culture era, when artists can be written off for an offensive tweet, this convicted felon continues to release hit songs? Here’s a guy who isn’t allowed into the UK, Australia or New Zealand because of his criminal record, but American fans (many of them female) put his latest song at #7 on the Hot 100.

‘No Guidance’ is noteworthy for being the first collaboration between Brown and Drake, a pair who have famously feuded and were once involved in a bar brawl that left eight people injured. Maybe Drake’s presence on this track should be credited for its success, as that man can sneeze and land in the Top Ten.

Indeed, this is Brown’s highest-charting song since he beat Rihanna to a pulp in February of 2009. But he hasn’t exactly been missing in action. He’s had five other top ten hits during that span, a time period that saw other run-ins with the police, including a 2016 incident in which he was accused of threatening a woman with a gun.

I’m not a fan of Cancel Culture, but this guy should be cancelled.

[Intro: Che Ecru & Drake]
Before I die I’m tryna fuck you, baby
Hopefully we don’t have no babies
I don’t even wanna go back home
Hopefully, I don’t leave you on your own

[Verse 1: Drake]
Ayy
Trips that you plan for the next whole week
Bands too long for a nigga so cheap
And your flex OD, and your sex OD
You got it, girl, you got it (Ayy)
You got it, girl, you got (Yeah)
Pretty lil’ thing, you got a bag and now you wildin’
You just took it off the lot, no mileage
Way they hittin’ you, the DM lookin’ violent
Talkin’ wild, you come around and now they silent
Flew the coop at 17, no guidance
You be stayin’ low but you know what the vibes is
Ain’t never got you nowhere bein’ modest
Poppin’ shit but only ’cause you know you’re poppin’, yeah

[Chorus: Drake]
You got it, girl, you got it (Ayy)
You got it, girl, you got it

[Verse 2: Chris Brown]
Lil’ baby in her bag, in her Birkin
No nine to five, put the work in
Flaws and all, I love ’em all, to me, you’re perfect
Baby girl, you got it, girl, you got it, girl (Oh-oh)
You got it, girl, you got it, girl (Ooh)

[Pre-Chorus: Chris Brown]
I don’t wanna play no games, play no games
Fuck around, give you my last name (Oh)
Know you tired of the same damn thing
That’s okay ’cause, baby, you

[Chorus: Drake, Chris Brown & Both]
You got it, girl, you got it (Oh, ooh, ayy)
You got it, girl, you got it (Got it)

[Verse 3: Chris Brown]
You the only one I’m tryna make love to, pickin’ and choosin’
They ain’t really love you, runnin’ games, usin’
All your stupid exes, they gon’ call again
Tell ’em that a real nigga steppin’ in
Don’t let them niggas try you, test your patience
Tell ’em that it’s over, ain’t no debatin’ (Uh)
All you need is me playin’ on your playlist
You ain’t gotta be frustrated

[Pre-Chorus: Chris Brown]
I don’t wanna play no games, play no games (Oh)
Fuck around, give you my last name (My last name)
Know you tired of the same damn thing (Same damn thing)
That’s okay ’cause, baby, you

[Chorus: Drake, Chris Brown & Both]
You got it, girl, you got it (Oh, ooh, ayy)
You got it, girl, you got it (Got it)
I don’t wanna

[Post-Chorus: Chris Brown & Che Ecru]
Before I die, I’m tryna fuck you, baby (Yeah)
Hopefully, we don’t have no babies (Ooh)
I don’t even wanna go back home
Hopefully, I don’t leave you on your own
You got it, girl, you got it, oh

[Verse 4: Drake & Chris Brown]
Play no games (No)
Freaky (Freaky)
I can learn a lot from you, gotta come teach me (Woo, woo)
You a lil’ hot girl, you a lil’ sweetie (No, sweet)
Sweet like Pearland, sweet like Peachtree (Like that)
I can tell you crazy, but shit kind of intrigue me (No, yeah, I like that)
(I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna)
Seen it on the ‘gram, I’m tryna see that shit in 3D, mami
I know I get around ’cause I like to move freely
(I don’t, I don’t)
But you could lock it down, I could tell by how you treat me
(I don’t, I don’t)
I seen how you did homeboy, so please take it easy (No, yeah)
Good to have me on your side, I ain’t sayin’ that you need me (Yeah, yeah)
Six God talk but I ain’t tryna get preachy (No, no, no)
I seen how you did homeboy, please take it easier on me
‘Cause I don’t wanna (No) play no games, play no games
(I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna)
I don’t wanna play no games, play no games
(I don’t, I don’t)

[Outro: Chris Brown]
I don’t, I don’t
No

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,162: ‘No Guidance’ – Chris Brown feat. Drake

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I think Aziz Ansari has the answer to your question:

    It’s easy to cancel someone when you aren’t a fan of their music in the first place, but clearly there are enough people who consider Chris Brown more like Michael Jackson than R Kelly.

    • Clay says:

      Hell, even R Kelly skated by relatively unscathed for years before the cultural shift (and a documentary) caught up with him.

      One difference with Jackson is that the height of his career was behind him when the abuse allegations were first made. The lawsuit was filed 11 years after Thriller, 6 years after Bad, and even 2 years after Dangerous, his last massive hit. It was also a very murky case without much detail reaching the public. It’s still possible to maintain his innocence (as evidenced by the Twitter thread you shared above).

      Brown’s transgressions, on the other hand, are undisputed, very public, and have happened in real time. Sadly, I think a lot of people still don’t see violence against women as a major deal. Just look at how many NFL players get away with it.

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