Every time you make the choice to talk about Chris Brown it's important to recognize that you just took a moment to give that man more publicity than he already requires. Unfortunately, outside of Brown's obvious questionable (at best) personal choices are his musical ones, the most recent of which just has to be mentioned because it is so egregious. He's a. sampled an unreleased Aaliyah track in his newest song and b. used her beautiful visage in the video.
In the video for "Don't Think They Know" Aaliyah appears periodically in what is being described by many as a "hologram" dancing behind Brown. The whole thing is shot primarily in black and white, with some highlights of red and then blue – a Bloods and the Crips reference – and eventually more and more color blots drop onto the shirts of the youth of tomorrow. The whole thing is about gun violence, you see, as the title card explains:
"Every two hours in america a child dies of a gunshot wound."
The video's dedicated to Brown's friend, the rapper Lil' Frogg who died in March after being shot. Also:
Conspiracy theorists will take the song to be a direct attack on the artist currently known as Drake, formerly known as Jimmy Brooks from Degrassi, as Drake's also releasing his own Aaliyah stuff. Brown has some serious issues with Drake (and vice versa), mainly over their shared love of the same woman, Rihanna. In case you're wracking your brain trying to come up with connections between Aaliyah and Brown, there appear to be none. He is claiming via Twitter, however, that the lyrics from the song "encourages all races, genders, sexes, (everyone) gay or straight to love each other!", a switch from his previous tweets that made free use of gay slurs.