Danny Brown talks new ‘Atrocity Exhibition’

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“I feel like this is my career album. I built up everything for this album,” says the Detroit MC about his new project.

“Hanging in the studio all night? That’s rappers.. I’m an artist!” jokes Danny Brown about the recording process of his new project in his new interview with Sway in the Morning. He may seem carefree and nonchalant as ever, and his screechy voice may sound no different than it did on his debut album, but he did grow a lot. His sound and songwriting has become more refined. He’s worked with the legendary sampling pioneers, The Avalanches as well as with the OGs of footwork, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. In addition to music, he’s working on a children’s book about identity of black girls. Danny Brown is at his most mature, unique and sophisticated time now.

Atrocity Exhibition has been three years in the making already and it will supposedly sum up Danny Brown as an artist so far. The title is inspired by a Joy Division song and J. G. Ballard novel of the same name (talk about sophistication). Danny says most of the album will be produced by Paul White, UK sound engineer and producer, who provided five tracks on Danny’s previous album Old. The album will come out on Warp Records sometime later this year. This is Danny’s first album on Warp. He was previously signed to A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold records, but he confessed that he did not feel like his music was a priority there. Watch Danny discuss being inspired by Schoolboy Q and ASAP Rocky, being a Detroit artist and other aspects of his tumultuous life above.

Also, the other day Danny released “When It Rains” – the first single off Atrocity Exhibition. Check out the stellar production by Paul White, and watch the fresh, trippy dystopian video for it below:

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