After stepping into the studio with Kanye West and delving deeper into music, Antonio Brown released his album Paradigm, which includes features from Young Thug, Fivio Foreign, DaBaby, French Montana, Jacquees, and more.
AB had a tumultuous last few years before the release of this project. In early 2022, the NFL player notably left a Buccaneers / Jets game halfway through, marking the last time he was on a football field. He was then seen working on music with Ye and eventually released his song “Pit Not the Palace.” Now Brown has put together an entire project that he says reflects his total perspective.
“Paradigm, to me, that means your total perspective,” he explains. “How you see the world, the lens through which you see everything. So a paradigm shift means a massive shift in the way you see everything. That’s what this album is about.”
For being so early in his musical career, Brown’s record sports an impressive roster of features from rap heavyweights Thugger, DaBaby and Fivio on the first three tracks alone (and Foreign returning for “Half a Moon”), followed by guest appearances from 42 Dugg, French, Jacquees, Keyshia Cole, YDtheBEST and Shuki International. Production comes from Weezy, Jahlil Beats, Chief Beats, Chase Davis, Alien, TDT, ProdByDmac, Alien, Reazon and others.
Speaking to Complex, Brown described his music as about overcoming adversity and staying a champion. “It’s just about being a champion, overcoming adversity, persevering, and not letting people get into your head or dictate your position,” he explained. “Just be motivated, be exciting and be encouraging.”
In early February, it was announced that AB had joined Kanye’s Donda Sports. A few days later, news came that he had been named president. Since then, Brown has said he and Yeezy are “extremely serious” about trying to buy the Denver Broncos.
Paradigm seems to reflect the roller coaster life of Antonio Brown and how he landed here. Listen to AB’s album below.