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Hip-Hop is dead—according to Chris Brown. In the rest of his exclusive interview with Fuse, the singer explained the death of Hip-Hop, and its lack of marketability.  “You know how they said Hip-Hop is dead, certain sh** is dead? It’s really dead because nobody believes in the brand anymore,” he said.

According to the Virginia native, the “broke” music industry has not only affected production budgets, but contributed to a lapse in artistry, and is to blame for the demise of Hip-Hop. In spite of the culture’s bleak future, Brown noted himself  as the music’s saving grace.  “If we don’t do it, who gon’ do it ? I’m like, f*** it, I’ll do it myself.”

Being that he’s an R&B singer, the 23-year-old may be an unlikely authority on the state of Hip-Hop, but others have shared in his views. In 2006, Nas drove the concept home by way of his Hip Hop Is Dead album.

Click below (and scroll to the 3:50 mark) to hear Brown explain his views on Hip-Hop and the music industry as a whole.

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