Chris Brown's new album shows him "being himself".

The American singer is set to release his sixth studio record, X, in August.

Chris has discussed the cryptic title and explained the LP marks a return to his roots.

"The song and the album title X has a couple different meanings," he told MTV News. "It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from. It's also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time - it's me saying, 'I'm over it. I'm past the bulls**t now.'"

The record is full of R&B flavour, with a taste of hip-hop too. Chris also shows off some fancy new vocals he's recently learnt.

"For this album, I wanted to have the same mentality as I did with the first album," he continued. "Me being green, me not thinking I know what's hot and what's next, me just being Chris Brown. I think this will show my vocal ability a lot more. I've developed a falsetto, I can sing at a higher register and I can elaborate more on my skill."

Chris - who has engaged in public Twitter battles and Instagram rants over the past year - explained that he's through trying to explain himself via social media. The album is important as it shows he is ready to let his music do all the talking.

"I think it's smarter as an entertainer and as a leader," he explained. "I have to think logically. When I'm too attainable, it makes me too down. Now I express it through my music and through my paintings as well. What I want to talk about comes out, and the beat fills in the rest. All of it coexists with my reality now. I'm an open book. I think the way my life is, people want to know all the time, so I have to let them know through my music."