Danny Brown Essentials

Danny Brown Essentials

After spending the ‘00s making mixtapes from far-flung Detroit, Danny Brown found traction with hard-partying lifestyle raps while pushing his sound to craggy, experimental extremes. His dense, elastic word-spray went to war over jarring guitars and spare samples of critically acclaimed '70s groups like Hawkwind and This Heat on "Adderall Admiral." Araabmuzik's spiraling synthesizer symphony "Molly Ringwald" matched Brown's manic, in-your-face shout-raps. "Grown Up," meanwhile, humanized Brown with the tale of a humble come-up over a warm, loping, '90s New York-style hip-hop loop.

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