Akon thinks that Chris Brown hasn’t achieved the same success as Michael Jackson did at the height of his own career because of his purported connections to street gangs. The Senegalese crooner recently discussed his opinion on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast and explained why he felt that way.
Akon said to Sharpe, “In this day and age, the only person who could’ve achieved just as great a legacy as [Michael Jackson] would’ve been Chris Brown.” “I simply think that Mike was surrounded by a more creative group of people than Chris Brown was. Chris only required guidance because he had the talent.
The 49-year-old continued, adding, “So, imagine if Chris had Mike’s team. Just imagine that. But Chris, he got Bloods around him. He got little gangbangers around him. He don’t have the guidance. He’s smart, but he’s smart in what this generation attracts.”
While the “Locked Up” creator feels Brown, 33, could still make good on that promise and “has the opportunity” to be the greatest entertainer of all, Sharpe thinks that door has closed for good.
It’s too late now,” the former NFL star said of Brown’s prospects of selling 100 million albums is slim to none at this point in time. However, Sharpe points out that Brown is doing well for himself regardless of those missed opportunities, noting his massive streaming numbers and bankability.
Brown has been rumored to be affiliated with the Bloods gang for years. In 2016, the rapper lashed out at entertainers claiming to be members of gangs in a post on social media. That same year, Brown was hit with a lawsuit by Suge Knight following a shooting at 1 OAK in L.A., with the rap mogul claiming the Breezy rapper’s affiliation with gangs led to the incident.
However, Brown has denied his affiliation with gangs on several occasions, including during an interview with Sway Calloway on MTV.