Under the Influence

06.13.2011

MUSIC

Danny Brown, “The Hybrid” as he calls himself, is to Adderall as Cypress Hill is to marijuana. The Detroit rapper refers to the drug often in his rhymes and sometimes uses it as a writing aid. Though the self-proclaimed “Adderall Admiral” doesn’t necessarily advocate or encourage its recreational use, he will give you a passionate personal testimonial about how this stimulant, used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, altered the course of his rap career and changed his life. “I met this white bitch and she was on it and one day she was like, ‘Oh, I’ll bring you some Adderall and let you try it,’” he says over the phone from his apartment in suburban Detroit. “So I took the Adderall and I said, ‘Let me get a new notebook.’ I go to get a new notebook by the time I’m walkin’ back from gettin’ a notebook, the shit just starts kickin’ in and I can see streetlights five miles ahead— [I’m] just like superhuman.” Brown decided to put his new-found chemical inspiration to good use that night: “I get back to the crib and I put that beat on to the song “The Hybrid,” [and] I wrote that shit, dog. That shit [Adderall] made everything, I probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for that, bruh.” This, he says without any traces of shame or fear of consequence in his voice.

That’s how Danny Brown is when it comes to living his life and making music—unabashed, uncensored, unashamed and explicit. Take his appearance for example: standing six feet tall, he usually dresses in skinny jeans, a vintage thrift store top and sports a smile that’s missing its incisors—not what you’d expect a 30-year-old hardcore rapper from one of the nation’s most dangerous cities to look like. You also wouldn’t expect a former crack-dealer to gush about his love of indie rock favorites Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens or to sport an asymmetrical haircut that inspired the comical Twitter trend “#dannybrownshair.” For Brown, life is more about standing out than fitting in.

Brown has a penchant for the outrageous and the provocative. The recurring themes in his music are his love of receiving fellatio (see: “Dick Suck”) and performing cunnilingus, his affinity for pills and high-grade marijuana and sobering, vivid descriptions of the lives of the Detroit underclass (see: “Juno” and “Guitar Solo”). But let Brown tell it, it’s not that deep. The long process of finding himself has led him to the comfortable place he is now. “I’m old, I ain’t tryin’ to be in the streets no more, I ain’t tryin’ to fist fight a nigga, I’m not tryin’ to shoot no guns,” he explains. “All I’m tryin’ to do is get blowed and fuck with some hoes.” Sounds simple enough until you dig through Brown’s catalogue and find gems like “Drinks On Me” from his 2010 self-released album The Hybrid. The song is a three-minute meditation on alcoholism that finds him playing the contradictory roles of a dirtbag enabler trying to get a girl drunk at the club and a compassionate nephew caring for an alcohol-addled aunt. On “Generation Rx,” Brown, the ostensible proponent of pill-popping, muses about the prevalence of prescription drugs, finally asking if there’s a pill that’ll take away his own fear. Even the “Adderall Admiral” has to question himself sometime and beneath his “get pussy, get high” veneer lies a deep thinker with some poignant things to say.

  • http://twitter.com/austinaftercool Austin

    no wonder no one commented…. this is a dooky track.

  • http://twitter.com/austinaftercool Austin

    no wonder has commented yet…this track is dooky

  • http://twitter.com/Theblackbradpit Justin King

    Hybrid is the truth! #BruiserBrigade #Style

  • zac penix

    dooky track?. danny brown is on another level that you cant even detect

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P2V4XCHKFR7JDJJ4YAX2R2EG5Y Triple

    This Shit SLAPPIN !!!!

  • http://twitter.com/StackdoughWins Stackdough™

    Danny goes. Nigga.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garrett-Berg/735826356 Garrett Berg

    RU serious shits weak

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Owen/100001890715499 Matthew Owen

    its twisted, but to come out and praise your adderall abuse for your writing and lyrics is kinda weak…..

  • Anonymous

    No disrespect to Jay but this shit is wack! lol

  • Anonymous

    Basic yet complex, graphic and yet it sounds like a cry for help… In depth graphics as if he is angry and yet there is a story within the language that he is using. He is telling somebody about something that he did or may have done and he is using a kind of linkin park cypress eminem kind of sound to relay what he is telling yet blended with a distinct sound that is his own. He is right now, blasting with much to say… Time will reveal more about him and the directions he will go in or take and the sort of successes he will experience…..

  • http://twitter.com/Dart_Adams Dart_Adams

    Danny Brown is the truth. Chew dick like a miswak stick if you disagree…

    CHECK! © Danny Brown

    One.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DodgyC Roy Francis

    Cool Shit That Beat Is Dope!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DodgyC Roy Francis

    Cool Shit That Beat Is Dope!!!

  • Simonas Balnys

    Damn even I’m white, I could do better rap than this guy, he’s really weak,

  • http://twitter.com/austinaftercool Austin

    jay would never co-sign on this….bc this is ter-ee-blay…

  • http://twitter.com/iYashMusic Steven Odige

    goes hard

  • http://twitter.com/iYashMusic Steven Odige

    goes hard

  • Anonymous

    Danny Brown + SKYWLKR is that SHIIIETmy nigga. Only thing left is get that white boi Myke Murder on tha track (I think he was on it? wtf happened?). When these Michigan emcee’s gonna start showin each other some luv? PEACE!

  • Anonymous

    Where the love for SKYWLKR at?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yobalni-Hazi-Puello/100000272269479 Yobalni Hazi Puello

    love the crab outta that dude brown!!!!! HIP HOP LOVE

  • http://twitter.com/80s_Action 80s_Action

    hot soup is in my car deck as we speak.

    “d. brown pump like reebok”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20906063 Zach Myers

    Haven’t heard anything quite like it. His unique sound is a breath of fresh air from all the other cookie-cutter rappers. Doubt it would get mainstream play though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Nunez/1283480981 Diego Nunez

    poppin

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jucee-Brown/62303051 Jucee Brown

    wow..he is a mixture of andre and something else..I just cant put my finger on it..

  • http://www.facebook.com/hertz313 Jason Brown

    #style CHECK

  • http://www.facebook.com/hertz313 Jason Brown

    FUCK aUSTIN COME 2 48206 BITCH LINWOOD/GRATIOT/MOTGOMERY!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Sadek/100000399082381 George Sadek

    ima kinggeorgeworldrespected tha kingunderground real done it all pluse chase 1 chase 11 chase 111 its hardest cool the beat word it making me do real things ggggieeeeee’s the man from land down under dose it same shit brother’s iii like so song to my ear you heir ..see here from land down under goe;s wild like a thunder walking throu dark ally with aut lights en globs on foot soulder woulking around difrent eara code snik in get fight hooo get’s first teach tha young like know thay are leader ov the bikie gang made for club hause young be come big ‘gggggstr thats all ……i like your song hard feel real ggg’s me goes ow the beat ……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Sadek/100000399082381 George Sadek

    world connected gggg”””’s tha king g””””””sssssssssss! thank you brother’s for your music

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Sadek/100000399082381 George Sadek

    make more ? thats real bro…………..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P2V4XCHKFR7JDJJ4YAX2R2EG5Y Triple

    He might be the best rapper out now……next to Pusha T and Jay

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1398720006 Page Allen

    he sounds like the spoof on youtube of obama doing waka flaka’s hard in the paint.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001891518044 Almaquio Gomez

    this song goes hard!!

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    play; pause; Outer Space. Danny Brown, “The Hybrid” as he calls himself, is to Adderall as Cypress Hill is to marijuana. The Detroit rapper refers to the drug often in his rhymes and sometimes uses it as a writing aid. Though …

  • ColemanVoss

    Myke Murder for president.

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