I Can Transform Ya
by Chris Brown (featuring Lil Wayne)

Album: Graffiti (2009)
Charted: 26 20

Songfacts®:

  • This upbeat tune is the first studio release from American recording artist Chris Brown's third studio album, Graffiti. The song was previously known as "Transformer."
  • In this song, Brown sings about providing for his lady anything she desires.
  • This was the first sanctioned record Brown released after his altercation with former girlfriend Rihanna, which resulted in his guilty plea to an assault charge. Swiss Beatz, who produced the track, told MTV News: "He's got something to prove. He worked on 60, 70 songs. He's just on fire. I told him, 'Listen, man, just stay focused on your music. They gonna throw shots at you. Time heals everything.' He has great support; his mother is amazing. I was really scoping out the situation, it could have been something I didn't want to be around, but I really got a great vibe. Honestly."
  • The track features rapper Lil Wayne. Swizz told MTV News that Weezy was at his best on this track. He said: "The Wayne part is just nothing to talk about. He really showed his ass on this one. It's probably the best feature verse since the 'It's Me [Bi---es]' remix. He really went in on the 'Transformer' joint."
  • Lil Wayne also appears in the song's music video along with producer Swizz Beatz. The Joseph Kahn-directed clip, in which Brown morphs into various things such as a fire truck or an expensive sports car is a play on the movie Transformers. Kahn's resume includes clips for Britney Spears ("Womanizer"), Eminem ("We Made You") and Lady Gaga ("Lovegame"). He had worked with Brown previously on his video for "Forever," and the singer's collaboration with Ester Dean "Drop It Low." The director told MTV News: "I met with Chris when we were doing the 'Drop It Low' video, and he played me a couple tracks off his new album, and he already had a pretty clear idea of what he wanted out of 'Transform Ya,' And, obviously, him going in there and dancing and turning into cars and trucks is right up my alley." He added: "His interests, in terms of kung fu and special effects and science fiction and all the boy-culture stuff, it falls directly in line with what I like. So, we're kind of a great match."

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