“Black-ish” isn’t afraid to tackle controversial subjects, from police brutality to Donald Trump to the N-word, and in its March 29 episode it welcomes one of the music industry’s most polarizing figures, R&B singer Chris Brown, who will guest star as a popular rapper named Rich Youngsta in the episode titled “Richard Youngsta.”
In the episode, advertising executive Dre (Anthony Anderson) is excited to center an ad campaign around Rich Youngsta only to face pushback from his wife Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and his mother Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) over the negative message it might send. In reality, Brown is less controversial for his music than for his behavior in his personal life. He pleaded guilty to felony assault in 2009 after his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna made headlines. In 2012 he was involved in a widely publicized fight with Drake, and another in 2013 with Frank Ocean. He even faced off with the LAPD in 2016.
But the now 27-year-old musician has nevertheless enjoyed career success, winning a Grammy for Best R&B Album in 2012 for “F.A.M.E.” in addition to four American Music Awards — most recently Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist at the fan-voted kudos. And his last four albums have all been certified gold or platinum for their US record sales.
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