Anita Baker says she isn't interested in the attention surrounding Chris Brown's personal life as she believes he is a hero musically.
The legendary R&B singer has watched a generation of musicians develop in the genre over the years, and, despite the negative attention and criticism Chris receives in light of his assault on Rihanna, Anita says he should only be judged for his music.
"He's an amazing talent. That's all I could take from him because that's all I'm entitled to, is his artistry. I take it and I embrace it," Anita told The BoomBox.
"I also embrace his, whatever it is that has allowed these young ones to endure what they endure publicly, and to still be able to present themselves to us."
"Historically, in my generation, all of my heroes and heroines have had issues and problems. We all do. Chris Brown is brilliant. That cat is crazy brilliant and I wish him the best."
Anita also added that Chris is "gifted beyond measure."
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