Remember when I was all, "I swear this website will not turn into a Danny Brown fansite with all Danny Brown videos all the time"? I guess it was another one of my empty promises, because he showed up on the Jimmy Kimmel late night show last night and did this song with Megan James from the Purity Ring and here I am putting it up. Sorry. I bet you'll forgive me though. [Via]
Above, a video that Adidas made at a recent recording session with Detroit rap star Danny Brown and Rhode Island-born producer Araabmuzik. They're recording a song called "Molly Ringwald," named for the beloved star of "The Facts of Life" and so many John Hughes movies in the '80s. (And also probably sort-of for ecstasy, which is increasingly known as "molly" in hip-hop circles.) It came out good. And Molly Ringwald will be narrating the audiobook version of Awl pal Jami Attenberg's forthcoming novel, The Middlesteins—which Kirkus recently declared a "sharp-tongued, sweet-natured masterpiece of Jewish family life."
"I'm gettin' money ballin'/But never played sports/I'm so hot, in the winter/I can wear shorts…" —Juicy J weighs in on the great shorts debate. Having found his low-tech rhyme style (which often doesn't much rhyme at all) particularly at home with the thwomping, orchestral Lex Luger sound that has taken over the southern side of the genre over the past year, the 35-year-old Three 6 Mafia rapper is on a hot streak. He signed with Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records in December, and declared himself the game's "No. 1 Get-High Rapper." And while there's lots of good stuff on his latest mixtape, Blue Dream and [...]
The escaped Bengal tiger last seen terrorizing suburban Portland, Oregon two months ago in Stephen Malkmus' "Tigers" video has been found in a Detroit basement. Apparently, whatever tranquilizer the animal control agent used to temporarily subdue him has led to the development of a serious drug addiction. And turned him into rapper Danny Brown, who is excellent.
Early this year, John Patrick Leary, a professor of American literature at Wayne State University, published a story in Guernica called "Detroitism" about, primarily, the two competing journalistic and artistic narratives about the Motor City.
There’s the Detroit Lament, which he describes as an examination of the city’s decline that is mostly told through the examination of physical spaces. You may have heard it referred to as "ruin porn." And there’s the Detroit Utopia, stories which purport to show a new way forward for the city, be it through urban farming, $100 homes or bicycling. (Utopian depictions of Detroit, Leary noted, tend to involve young creative white people.)
Is Danny Brown on one of the greatest hot streaks of all time? (Apart from everything else that has happened with him recently, he was in the Bob Dylan video that we were all talking about yesterday, which he puts down to "[b]eing in the right place at the right time. The same guys that did my video for 'Grown Up' – Walter Pictures – they were the guys to do this one. And they could've picked any rapper to do that. Ain't nobody gonna say no to Dylan.") I'm going to go with "yes." [Via]
Five Good New Rap Videos To Watch This Weekend Before The Storm Destroys The Power Grid And We Can Never Watch Rap Videos Again
How do you think rapper Danny Brown is preparing for Hurricane Sandy? (He lives in Detroit, so he's probably not doing anything this weekend except watching the Tigers. We know how much he likes Tigers.) But even if he lived on the East Coast, you kinda get the feeling that he might not be too fazed. He seems like the type of person who could ride out three days in a basement strip club without ever going to sleep or knowing whether or not it's raining outside. For the rest of us, some very good rap videos came out the past few days. Let's use this weekend to [...]
Two Great New Videos Wherein Teeth Get Knocked Out Of People's Mouths, And Richard Ford And Lorrie Moore (Those Aren't The People)
Solved: The mystery of how Detroit rapper Danny Brown lost his front tooth. And how Die Antwoord's Ninja, from Johannesburg, lost his.
Herman Cain's chief of staff Mark Block has made a new campaign ad.
Just kidding. Actually, that's a new video from Detroit rapper and producer Quelle Chris, whose album Shotgun & Sleek Rifle comes out next week. The first single from album, "Symbolic (Basquiat)" came out a few weeks ago. And it's good, but not as good as its B-side, "Shotguns" (sort of a title track to the album, I guess) which features Chris's friend and frequent collaborator Danny Brown and long-toiling Long Island MC Roc Marciano.
I am not saying this website is going to turn into a Danny Brown fansite, with all Danny Brown videos all the time, but I am saying that, for me, this afternoon is going to turn into a Danny Brown afternoon, with this song over and over. I like it, is what I'm trying to get at.
Here is a very enjoyable video of the young Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire talking about books—it includes him reading an excerpt from his all-time favorite, Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. Here is a very strange video for a song called "Flight Confirmation" that the Los Angeles producer The Alchemist made with rappers Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q—it includes some material that may not be safe for you to watch at work. Here is a very good essay written by the aphorist James Guida about four recent books written by rappers—it includes the sentence, "By now the Queensbridge duo has several albums to their name, the [...]
Ooooh! The Yancey Media Group, an organization founded in memory of the late and beloved Detroit producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, and Ruff Draft Records are releasing an album next month of local MCs rapping over previously unreleased Dilla beats. It's called The Rebirth of Detroit, and the first single is the excellent track above on which Danny Brown disses a competitor by telling him, "You're softer than that rock band Asia." That's pretty soft.
Six Alternates For Time's "Person Of The Year," Five Good Rap Videos, And One Great Heavy Metal Video
People that would definitely not be named "Person of the Year" by Philadelphia rappers Black Deniro and Freeway: 1) The "Twitter Thug" 2) The "Fake Baller" 3) The "Bougie Chick" 4) The "Phone Gangster" 5) The "Goon Rat" 6) The "Sneaky Groupie"
An artist out of Brooklyn by the name of Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire has his borough in his blood—a little of Biggie's deep-lunged authority comes through in his style, and a little of Ol' Dirty Bastard's unhinged perviness, too—and he has an underground hit on his hands with a song called "Huzzah," which was produced by the death-obsessed hardcore veteran Necro. For the remix, he gathered an impressive collection of avant garde MCs—Queens' Despot, Detroit's Danny Brown, hometown faves Das Racist, and the venerable Def Jux Records founder El-P (who wears a large mustache and reminds us again how terrific and ahead-of-its-time his old group Company Flow [...]