Danny Brown

Danny Brown

Biography

Detroit rapper Danny Brown embraced his unique hood/hipster personality, took full advantage of social media, and -- fueled by his experiences with drug dealing and drug taking, as well as a wicked sense of humor -- delivered some of the most vivid, vulgar, and side-splitting rhymes of his era. Brown (real last name: Sewell) surfaced during the mid-2000s as a member of Reser'vor Dogs. The group advanced far enough to get the attention of the Roc-A-Fella label. A deal was not struck, but an A&R rep assisted Brown with the recording and release of a mixtape, Detroit State of Mind. New York recording sessions placed him in the company of several contemporaries, including G-Unit's Tony Yayo. In 2010, Yayo and Brown released Hawaiian Snow, while Brown also released The Hybrid, among other mixtapes, such as additional volumes of the Detroit State of Mind series. While it was rumored that Brown would be signing to G-Unit, label head 50 Cent allegedly balked due to the rapper's fashion sense (which included a preference for skinny jeans).

Brown eventually found a home at Fool's Gold, where he issued XXX, his highest-profile mixtape up to that point. At the end of 2012, Brown announced that the follow-up to XXX had been recorded. Originally titled ODB, it was continually pushed back by the label, with Brown tweeting in August 2013 that he would consider leaking the release. In October, the retitled album, Old, appeared with guest appearances from A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q. After he provided the theme for the U.S. television sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, Brown signed with Warp and made his label debut in 2016 with "When It Rain." The single's parent album, Atrocity Exhibition, was issued later in the year, with guest contributions from B-Real, Black Milk, and Kendrick Lamar.

Discography

Danny Brown - The Hybrid

Danny Brown - The Hybrid

Hybrid Music 2011
Danny Brown - XXX

Danny Brown - XXX

Fool's Gold Records 2011
Black Milk & Danny Brown - Black And Brown!

Black Milk & Danny Brown - Black And Brown!

Fat Beats 2011
Danny Brown - Detroit State Of Mind

Danny Brown - Detroit State Of Mind

Red Moon Entertainment 2014
Danny Brown - Hot Soup - Instrumentals

Danny Brown - Hot Soup - Instrumentals

Libido Sounds, Nix Productions 2014
Danny Brown - Hot Soup

Danny Brown - Hot Soup

Libido Sounds, Nix Productions 2014
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Warp Records 2016

Guest Appearances

Elzhi - The Preface
  • Fire (Remix)

Elzhi - The Preface

Fat Beats 2008
J Dilla - Jay Stay Paid
  • Dilla Bot VS. The Hybrid

J Dilla - Jay Stay Paid

Nature Sounds 2009
Black Milk - Album Of The Year
  • Black And Brown / Mad Rapper Skit

Black Milk - Album Of The Year

Fat Beats, Decon 2010
Esham - DMT Sessions
  • DMT Sessions

Esham - DMT Sessions

Aknu Media 2011
Random Axe - Random Axe
  • Japhy Joe

Random Axe - Random Axe

Duck Down 2011
J Dilla - Rebirth Of Detroit
  • Jay Dee's Revenge

J Dilla - Rebirth Of Detroit

Ruff Draft Records 2012
House Shoes - Let It Go
  • Sweet/Quelle Interlude

House Shoes - Let It Go

Tres Records 2012
Ab-Soul - Control System
  • Terrorist Threats

Ab-Soul - Control System

TopDawg Ent. 2012
Dusty McFly - B & B 1.5 (The Carry Out)
  • Im Out Here (Dmix)

Dusty McFly - B & B 1.5 (The Carry Out)

DGG Inc. 2012
E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 5
  • All Of My N*ggaz

E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 5

Heavy On The Grind Entertainment 2013
Tree - Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out
  • No Faces

Tree - Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out

Soul Trap 2013
Tech N9ne - Something Else
  • Thizzles

Tech N9ne - Something Else

Strange Music 2013
Joey Fatts - Chipper Jones Vol. 2
  • Choppa

Joey Fatts - Chipper Jones Vol. 2

Cutthroat Records, Yamborghini 2013
Ab-Soul - These Days...
  • Ride Slow

Ab-Soul - These Days...

Top Dawg Entertainment 2014
ZelooperZ - Help
  • Thunda Cats

ZelooperZ - Help

Bruiser Brigade Records 2014
Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3
  • Hey Kids (Bumaye)

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3

Run The Jewels, Inc. 2016

Compilations

Elzhi - The Leftovers: Unmixedtape
  • Contra

Elzhi - The Leftovers: Unmixedtape

Not On Label 2009
Nick Speed - D-Cyphered
  • What U About

Nick Speed - D-Cyphered

Speed Of Sound 2017