"Changed Man" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Singer's apology song is cool, but not convincing.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The song lyrics talk a lot about change and seeking forgiveness. "But I'ma make it up to you, and show the world, I’m a changed man, 'cause you mean that much to me."

Positive Role Models & Representations

As far as apology songs go, this one doesn't offer too much remorse, with lines like "Girl I know I told you, baby this ain’t over, this ain’t over, it ain’t over." which make the emotions feel more like coercion than repentance.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song seems like Brown's apology to Rihanna following his felony arrest for making criminal threats against her. But it's important to note that there's no mention of domestic violence, fighting, or abuse in the lyrics and no official word has been given on whether this leak is indeed an apology song.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Kid, 10 years old March 15, 2012

Its not the lyrics

Its the fact that you have to explain everything that happened. The songs nice.

What's the story?

Reps for Chris Brown deny that CHANGED MAN is the first single off of his upcoming third album Graffiti and there are claims that this song was actually written before all of the turmoil between the hip-hop star and then-girlfriend Rihanna. Still, the track bears great resemblance to his situation as it has Brown talking about moving on and how he has grown. "I don’t wanna be done, \
I’m doing all that I can, \ and everybody hates Chris, \ they can never understand, so can we love, so can we love?"

Is it any good?

It's hard to separate fiction from reality, as any line from this leaked single just seems to automatically be compared to Brown's real life problems. It's also tough not to wonder what Rihanna thinks about the song. Seems Dr. Phil would have a field day with some of the lines, with Brown repeatedly stating "this ain't over" in regard to his troubled relationship and complaining that "Daily, I’ve been waiting,  for the time to pass, and let it fade in, but baby, my patience Is driving me crazy." The heartfelt redemption plea doesn't seem so sincere at these times. But this is only a song and is indeed a pleasing track that has a solid hook and well done harmonies. For fans ready to forgive, it might the perfect apology, but for others Brown's problems may spoil the appeal of his sound.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the re-emergance of Chris Brown onto the music scene and the timing of this "leak" with his release on probation.

  • Do you think Chris Brown needs to publically apologize to Rihanna? Do Brown's fans also deserve an apology? Since Chris Brown is a singer, is a song the best way to offer an apology?

  • Families can talk about role models and celebrities. Who are your role models and why? Do you expect that the celebrities you look up to will make mistakes? How do you choose a good role model?

Music details

  • Artist: Chris Brown
  • Release date: August 13, 2009
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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