“Grown Up – Danny Brown
Today’s song comes from Rolfe Glover from Somerville, MA. This post actually has it’s roots with a song Rolfe submitted a few months ago by Danny Brown which I was less fond of. However, he’s changed my mind with “Grown Up”. I’m a converted Danny Brown fan. Enjoy!
Coming from Detroit, Michigan, the 31 year old rapper Danny Brown has gained a great deal of respect among those who follow the genre. Brown’s talent came from an early exposure to music by his father, a house DJ, who was only 16 when he was born. Brown’s mother often read him Dr. Seuss books, and as a result he often spoke in rhyme as a child. Since then Brown has been named “artist of the year” by Detroit’s Metro Times and his album XXX was awarded #1 hip-hop album of 2011 by Spin magazine. Such awards come from Brown’s unwavering refusal to conform to the constraints of mainstream rap. Everything from the production, to his voice and delivery, to his content make Brown’s music distinctive.
The first song chosen is Danny Brown’s 2012 Single, “Grown Up,” a reflection on his life and upbringing in Detroit. The remaining six songs come from his 2011 album XXX, which was released for free online. XXX (the roman numeral for 30, his age at the time) was created as a narrative project: a reflection on his life, music, and struggles. The first 12 songs are Brown “having fun” and range from aggressive, hyper-sexualized lyrics to the stripped-down industry criticism of “Radio Song.” Beginning with the 13th track, “DNA,” the album’s tone shifts noticeably as Brown addresses the problems of addiction, gangs and poverty present in his hometown of Detroit; in “Fields,” the hook “house field, field” refers to the pattern of broken down homes and abandoned lots one passes driving through impoverished neighborhoods.
While Danny Brown’s sound may never appeal to a mainstream audience, he is certainly one of the most creative, individual rappers on the scene today. His next album, “Old,” is nearing completion and will likely be released sometime in 2013. XXX can be downloaded for free here. (link: http://www.datpiff.com/Danny-Brown-XXX-mixtape.298540.html)
Grown Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHfWY0is3rE
Radio Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSX4vkHENLk