They used to respect one another
Migos rap over a few songs. A thick cash-shaped envelope passes hands. Then a surprise: Chris Brown is here — and he’s got a microphone. “I just want to shout out y’all,” he announces, addressing himself to Migos. ‘Y’all my real friends and brothers. I bought your album three times. I spent my own money and shit. I’m proud of you n—s. I will never hate on you n—s.’
.Quavo explains: ‘You don’t want to let a n— know you f— with him the soft way. You got to come the hard way, aggressive.’ It’s a nearly satirical depiction of masculinity, like a line from the great ’90s gangsta mockumentary Fear of a Black Hat. But then he gets verklempt about, of all people, Brown. “Damn, that boy Chris said a real one. That f—ed me up.” Then he adds: “Make sure you put that in the story.”
This isn’t from a long time ago either, as the profile was released in March 2017. Within the last half a year, things have deteriorated. But why?
Quavo begins dating Karrueche Tran
Just a month after that story of mutual affection between CB and Migos, Quavo was spotted out with Karrueche—actress, model, and Brown’s ex-girlfriend at a festival in Biloxi, Mississippi.
But Brown has a well-documented history of problematic relationships with women, and his issues with Karrueche post-breakup are no different. He was handed restraining order paperwork as he left his 28th birthday party, but has been on record as claiming he was being “slandered.”
Brown feels “betrayed” by Quavo
Days after photos emerged of Quavo and Karrueche dating, reports came out that Chris Brown wasn’t happy about the whole thing. After he helped promote their new album, Culture, and sang the praises of Migos to whoever would listen, Brown allegedly felt like he’d been “stabbed in the back” by Quavo, who he felt was seeing Karrueche in secret.
According to TMZ, the prior relationship between Quavo and Brown had extended far beyond a business/musical relationship, with Brown reportedly hosting the Migos member in his home. This tracks with other supporting evidence out there; Brown has attended parties hosted by the Migos before,
When he found out about the new relationship between Quavo and his ex, Brown then felt “betrayed” after spending so much time with Quavo.
Confrontation after the BET Awards
The video evidence from after the BET Awards seems clear—Chris Brown himself wasn’t actively involved in the scrum with any members of the Migos, let alone Quavo. Despite some sensational headlines about the incident, video shows Brown posted up on the scene, mostly just trying to weave his way through foot traffic.
Lets hope Chris gets over Karreuche and doesn’t let this get in the way of his growth as a person or artist!
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