Danny Brown admits to smoking marijuana, but then again, so do most rappers. Adderall, however, is not a hip-hop drug of choice. The stimulant is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, and for Brown, it helps him record and live his rock-star lifestyle. He even raps about the drug on "Adderall Admiral," a track from XXX. "Eatin' on an Adderall, wash it down with alcohol/ Writin' holy mackerel actual or factual."
In 2010, [Danny] Brown befriended G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo, and together they recorded their collaborative Hawaiian Snow mixtape. The G-Unit association led many to wonder if Brown would eventually sign with 50's crew. But Brown, who favors fitted jeans and a vintage rock-inspired wardrobe, didn't fit the part of G-Unit soldier. "It was a real thing. 50 was with it; he just didn't sign me because of my jeans.
[Says Danny Brown about the recently deceased MCA:] "I was super influenced by their music. I still listen to Hello Nasty from time to time and I want to send my condolences to his family. The Beasties are legends in hip-hop and MCA will never be forgotten."
A decade after [El-P's] group Company Flow and label Definitive Jux were releasing records comprised of distorted melody lines and walloping sub-bass, there's a whole generation of rappers doing the same. Some of them, including Detroit's magnificent Danny Brown, feature here [on El-P's album Cancer For Cure.]
[Danny] Brown was an open book with no secrets throughout the record [XXX], sharing as many sexual triumphs as struggles with poverty. He hustled, sold scrap metal, smoked blunt after blunt, squatted in abandon houses, ate Lunchables for dinner and walked around the mall with empty pockets. Bookending his biography is “XXX” and “30”.
Danny Brown recorded “Black And Brown” for Black Milk’s audaciously-titled Album Of The Year, [and] he laid a verse that would assist with Milk’s presumptuous claims, while simultaneously pushing all-in with the same convictions he’d been harboring since “Greatest Rapper Ever”. The guest appearance put Danny Brown on the map and got him in the ears of more than just the dudes on his block. After signing with Fool’s Gold Records, Brown released XXX
Danny Brown is the real deal. While the Detroit emcee traffics in similar excess [as Childish Gambino], the lingering menace of his songs feels more credible, and the subject matter's more than just empty vanity, exploring suicide, drug abuse and selling out on critically acclaimed second album XXX.
[Danny Brown's] penchant for depravity might remind listeners, at least initially, of Odd Future. But Brown's depravity, unlike OF's, comes burdened with real-life stakes; at age 30 (the mixtape's title indicates Brown's age besides suggesting sex and drugs), Brown has lived through some genuinely awful-sounding [stuff].
Danny Brown is a Detroit rapper with a strangled yap of a voice that you could politely call "distinctive." Depending on the moment, he either resembles a Doberman whose paw has been stepped on or a cross between Jello Biafra and South Park's Terrence & Philip. For a rapper, choosing an abrasive honk like this as your instrument is an audacious move
[According to Childish Gambino:] 'He's one of those guys that's a craftsman. He makes s**t rhyme that doesn't rhyme. Personally, I think he's the best MC in the game right now...He has an encyclopedic knowledge of hip hop.'