updated 05/27/2009 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/27/2009 AT 1:10 PM ET
In a short video posted on YouTube.com, the R&B star, 20, speaks to the camera about his upcoming album and makes an apparent allusion to the drama in his personal life.
“I just wanna say ‘What up?’ because I ain’t been out there in a minute,” explains Brown (whose pal Bow Wow also makes brief appearances in the clip).
“New album will be coming soon,” he says. “We’re working on it right now. Called Graffiti. Got everything on it, know what I’m saying? I’ll be ready for that. I’m about to drop a single this summer for y’all. So we ain’t going nowhere.”
Brown, who faced enormous backlash after his arrest in February, concludes, “Everybody that’s haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all. I ain’t a monster.” Reps for Brown had no comment.
Meanwhile, Brown’s case continues to stall in court. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, is seeking access to LAPD records to determine if there was police misconduct in the investigation, which could be grounds for a case dismissal.
A hearing is set for Thursday, but Brown is not required to attend.