Danny Brown Details New Album 'Atrocity Exhibition'
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:57:20
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Back in June, Danny Brown announced that he was putting the finishing touches to his new album. Now, he is able to offer details on Atrocity Exhibition, his first album in three years - and his debut on new label Warp Records.
Slated for release on September 30th, Rolling Stone reports that "the first tracks we've heard sound like a return to the noise-flecked, sample-crazed delirium of Brown's 2011 breakthrough XXX after the more EDM-influenced detour of 2013's Old."
The swaggering, post-punk rapper said "If hip hop is full of superheroes and everybody is buddy-buddy, then I'm the villain… With Old, I wanted to have those performance songs so I can play those shows. That was what was a part of my world, doing festivals. Whereas this album is just my sound. This is Danny Brown."
For the album Brown rejoined longtime collaborator Paul White in London. Inspired by Talking Heads, Björk, System of a Down, and Joy Division the duo explored a range of sample-based hip hop that cost $70,000 in licensing. "A lot of people cheap. And that's why their music sounds cheap, I wanna make timeless stuff, so you're gonna have to spend a couple dollars. You could have Rolex or you can have a Swatch," said Brown.
Featured guests on the album are Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt, appearing on the first track, with Kelela, Ab-Soul, Cypress Hill's B-Real appearing elsewhere.
Brown explained that the album title Atrocity Exhibition is a reference to the 1980 Joy Division song, which hints at some of the personal subject matter within. "I just relate to that song a lot," says Brown. "That song, [Ian Curtis is] pretty much talking about how he feels like he's part of a freak show almost. People just wanna come see him and they just wanna see him be a certain type of way. I totally relate to that. That's just how I felt with this album, 'cause a lot of people expect for me to be some crazy drugged-out I-don't-know."
"At the end of the day, it's just something that I really took my time with," adds the rapper. "I know this day and age, a lot of artists can't really take time off to make music … they'll get replaced. With me, [I'm] somebody that's able to sit down and be able to take my time, 'cause ain't nobody gonna be out here sounding like me, ain't nobody gonna be out here doing what I do. I'm confident in this project to know that I'mma satisfy the people that's already fans of my music. So, if you're a fan of Danny Brown, you in for a treat."
Danny Brown will kick off a fall tour on September 14th in Philadelphia, before crisscrossing the country to end the string of dates on November 5th in Cleveland.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff