Danny Brown: Underrated Star

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (10345553z) Danny Brown participates in Viceland’s “Danny’s House” panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, in Beverly Hills, Calif 2019 Summer TCA – A+E Networks, Beverly Hills, USA – 23 Jul 2019

Vanesa Zanella, Staff Writer

Rap artists typically craft their style around rhythm and flow, hustling words to the beat to pique the ear.

Consider Danny Brown and his distinctive, high-pitched attenuated delivery the exception to the rule.

Daniel Dewan Sewell, better known as Danny Brown, is a rapper who has been in the game since 2010 yet he rarely gets the recognition he deserves. Originally from Detroit, Brown was raised by young parents. His dad being 16 and his mom being 18 when he was born. He thinks that is a good reason as to why he got to grow up listening to the latest hip hop albums and was always supported for his love towards music and music-making. Even as a young kid, Brown was always into rhymes and rhythms.

“I never learned how to rap. As long as I could remember, I knew how to rap. When I was a baby my mama always used to take me with her to the laundromat. She would take mad Dr. Seuss books and she would just read Dr. Seuss books to me over and over again. ” Danny Brown told complex in an interview once.

July 1, 2008, Brown released his debut album “Hot Soup“. While this album has flow and is a great classic to have in your classics playlist, Brown still hadn’t found his unique “crazy Brown” voice his fans love nowadays. It is a good project in which Brown’s rap basics can be seen and noted that he quickly knew how to put it together and shine, but he still had lots of space to grow. The beats on this mixtape are amazing and are ageless. As time passes, this mixtape still stands hard.

Flash forward to 2011, when on August 15, Danny Brown released “XXX” and this is when his rise started. Touching on drug use, and helping him grow closer to the person he is today, this album does not fall short of being a top project for Brown.

But where I truly think Brown stands out is in his album “Atrocity Exhibition” years later. As “The Atlantic” said on their review of the alum, “Atrocity Exhibition is part of a wave of rap albums powerfully confessing to emotional struggle—while trying not to glorify it.”. And that truly is a good way to put it. He focuses on the darker side of life and his own struggles. He manages to suck you into his world. No other rapper could rap in Danny Brown’s style and sound good. This album definitely is the one where he shines best and I think it is worth giving a try. Having other great artists such as, Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick, Petite Noir and a few more, this album was pulled off amazingly.

Danny Brown has also been featured on other tracks and I think the one worth mentioning the most is his feature on BUZZCUT; a song by the rap group known as, BROCKHAMPTON.  A perfect collab. In this track, Danny absolutely kills. His flow is out the charts and for sure needed a mention.

Overall Danny Brown has come a long way from being the little boy from Detroit and still has much more left to go. His high pitch raps will always set him aside and make him unique from others. And I hope to continue seeing Brown rise and get the recognition that he has always worked for.