4 Danny Brown Verses That Will Turn You Psycho
“I need some brain I think I lost mine. I’m higher than Swizz Beatz’ hairline” – Danny Brown“
“Ain’t it funny” that literary characters can come to life? Yes, Dr. Jekyll from Robert Louis Stevenson’s book the “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is a real person, but his name is Danny Brown.
Detroit rapper, Daniel Dewan Sewell a.k.a. Danny Brown is hip-hop’s psychopath. He isn’t here to make “easy listening” music or teach you a valuable lesson like it’s an episode of Full House. He’s here to freak you the fuck out.
Whether that be his high pitched maniacal rap voice and laughter or his sadistic bars which probably have him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted List.”
If you broke into an insane asylum and gave a mic to the most lunatic sociopath in the building, he still wouldn’t spit bars half as deranged as Danny Brown.
Today let’s breakdown four times the rapper made us laugh and blessed us with his talents, but also made us concerned for his mental well-being.
1. Ain’t it Funny (Atrocity Exhibition)
“Upcoming heavy traffic
Say ya need to slow down
Cause you feel yourself crashing
Staring in the devil face
But ya can’t stop laughing
Staring in the devil face
But ya can’t stop laughing”
Danny Brown’s “Atrocity Exhibition” is one of the best albums of the last decade. It takes you into Danny Brown’s world where paranoia is commonplace, violence is ubiquitous, and everyone is always screaming, yet you keep coming back for the craziness.
While the album title, “Atrocity Exhibition” shares its name with a J.G. Ballard’s novel and Joy Division track, Danny has a more literal interpretation of his album. “Atrocity Exhibition” is a look at our fixation with violence, chaos, and horror.
“When they see anything happen… like say police or anything that’s violent that’s happening, instead of them trying to fix the situation, what do they do? They pull they phone out and try to record it… We living in an atrocity exhibition,” Danny Brown told NPR.”
“Ain’t it Funny” encapsulates the entire album with Brown delivering menacing bars. It also makes you reflect on our insatiable hunger for violence in our media.
Perhaps Danny’s telling us that we’re actually the crazy ones in his world.
2. Monopoly (XXX)
“I’m a smart nigga, that do dumb shit
In your baby mama crib, not flushing after I piss
I’m Ferris Bueller with Frank Muellers, you blank shooters
On stank hooters, I’m in Aruba, sipping wine cooler”
The ninth track off of Danny Brown’s “XXX,” “Monopoly” is one of his best tracks to date. With production by fellow Detroit rapper Quelle Chris, the song starts off with Blaxploitation dialogue before it hits you with a banger, Looney-Tunes inspired beat.
Danny Brown jumps on the beat like a glove. He immediately starts shit talks rappers in a way that only Danny could.
Not flushing in a man’s baby mama’s house? Come on, that’s just mean.
3. When it Rain (Atrocity Exhibition)
“Hanging with the devil off angel dust
For that money, in God we trust
All fall victim for greed and lust
Who you ‘pose to trust when guns gone bust?
Living every day like it’s the end
Just waking up, feelin’ like a sin
Gotta keep a eye on your friends
Cause everybody hungry in them streets
Nigga rob ya grandma for something to eat
Know it’s fucked up, that’s how it be
Growing up living everyday in the D”
“When It Rain” is my candidate for the best Danny Brown song of all-time; and a lot of that is attributed to this verse. It’s the kind of verse that captures everything great about Danny Brown: a twisted perspective and story that exposes brutal truths.
Sure, Danny can rhyme, we all know this, but there are moments on “Atrocity Exhibition” where I’m left stupified.
The very second that Danny jumps on this track he goes all kinds of hard. And it’s over a frantic, berserk beat that only accelerates as the song goes on.
It’s a fucking anxiety-provoking experience for sure, but that doesn’t stop you from bumping your head to every bar Danny Brown throws down.
4. Really Doe (Atrocity Exhibition)
“I be fresh from head to toe, every day a fashion show
Used to tote that Calico and serve like John McEnroe
Now I sell out all my shows
Used to sell out all my blow
That was back when we was coppin’ dubs to try and roll up 4
Now a nigga livin’ good
I done made it out the hood
Think I’m goin’ back?
I wish a motherfucker would”
Is this list an excuse for me to praise the genius that is “Atrocity Exhibition?” Sort of.
Truthfully, Danny Brown’s latest album is good and his first few albums are great, but “Atrocity Exhibition” is his magnum opus. “Really Doe,” which is the fourth track off the album is a testament to this album’s mastery.
The track brings together Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt, all with production from legend Black Milk. “Really Doe” is an apt name for the song.
Danny starts off the track and sets the bar high for the energy you’re about to receive. Each rapper delivers straight heat.
A young Earl Sweatshirt steals the show, however, and hangs with three legends of rap…
“Well it’s the left-handed shooter, Kyle Lowry the pump
I’m at your house like, “Why you got your couch on my Chucks?”
Motherfucker” – Earl Sweatshirt
But in the end, all the energy starts with Danny Brown. And every time I hear him finish his verse with “I wish a motherfucker would,” I get chills. I also think: “Yeah Danny I wish they would because you’re fucking nuts.”