ABC/Rick Rowell The muddled debate over the reigning “king of R&B” has apparently reached Bobby Brown‘s radar.
Spawned nearly two weeks ago by Georgia crooner Jacquees, the conversation continues to pick up steam with a word from the original “bad boy” of the genre. On Monday night, TMZ caught up with Brown outside of a Los Angeles eatery to hear his opinion on the Cash Money signee’s bold proclamation.
“They want the title, they gotta battle me,” the “Don’t Be Cruel” singer began. When asked if he was still the king of R&B, he responded matter-of-factly, “That’s where it was said.”
Brown continued: “To me it’s like… you want the title, battle me. Live on stage. Me versus anybody. It doesn’t matter who it is.”
While the R&B vet didn’t hesitate to shoot down Jacquees’ claim, Bobby also made sure to highlight a few notable acts, including Chris Brown and Usher.
“Chris Brown’s a bad boy. Usher’s a bad boy,” Brown said. “I think, if anybody deserves the title it would be one of them.”
“I turned 50. So, I need to relinquish the title anyway,” he added. “I’d give it to Usher. That’s like my son. He’s that good.”
Diddy, Tank and Keith Sweat have also spoken on the matter, in addition to the fans across the nation who have shared their opinions via social media.