Clash Exclusive: Danny Brown On The Meaning Of 'Old'

A snippet from our forthcoming interview...
Danny Brown

Clash caught up with Michigan rapper Danny Brown at the recent Parklife Weekender, for a lengthy chin-wag about the man's forthcoming studio album, 'Old'.

The full interview will run on this very website real soon. Before then, though, here's a little sample: of Brown opening up about the reason for titling his new set 'Old', due in August, and why his breakthrough collection was called 'XXX'. It's not as sexual as you might think...

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The recording of 'Old' has been in progress since the release of 2011's 'XXX', and the stakes are high.

"I'm very self-conscious about what I release," explains Danny. "I can do feature songs and whatever, but when you see an album and it says, 'This is a Danny Brown album', it's gotta be at the most potent quality. And that doesn't take six months. It doesn't take a year. I tell people all of the time, it takes two years for me to make an album."

But good news to those fans who have been waiting since 'XXX': aside from a few mixing tweaks, the album is done. "I don't see anymore setbacks," Danny says. "For sure it'll be out in August."

The title 'Old' has been falsely interpreted as a reference to common comparisons between Danny and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. But Danny is a master of throwing no-look-pass album titles.

"When I put out 'XXX', people thought I was talking about being perverted, but that meant [my age] 30."

After having a hesitant conversation with himself, Brown decides to let Clash in on the secret behind the title of his forthcoming release.

"With 'Old' you think I'm talking about my age, or where I'm at in my career. But it really [refers to] when I'm experimenting, making songs with Darq E Freaker and stuff. And then when I go back to my 'hood, I have my people who be like, 'Where that 'Old' Danny Brown shit at? I wanna hear that J. Dilla Danny Brown.' So I [titled the] album for them."

When pressed further on the topic, and quizzed about the sound of the album, he responds: "You gotta think, this is my first project to sell, and I've had many projects. So I gotta go back and make them catch up to what I've built to this point. So I could say you might hear some 'The Hybrid', you might hear some 'Detroit State Of Mind'. I don't want to spoil it!"

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A blast from the (recent) past: 'Grown Up', from 2012

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Read Clash's full interview with Danny Brown, right here, very soon.

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