When I was younger, I remember reading the XXL Classic Album features where they'd delve into the origins of standards like Only Built 4 Cuban Linx or Reasonable Doubt. I listened to Detroit rapper Danny Brown's album XXX more than anything else last year. I don't know what more I can say about it that I haven't said elsewhere. So as a fan I spoke with Danny and every producer on the project to explain their musical contributions and the storyline behind the album track by track. I'm really proud of this piece and honoured by the great response I've gotten from SPIN, Prefix Magazine and Danny's own Tumblr.
Click Danny's thesis statement to read the whole thing.
The Hybrid was dealing with teenage pregnancy, welfare and drug abuse — it’s way more socially conscious. The process was just to make a cohesive-sounding project and show my range. XXX wasn’t about that, because I felt like I already proved that. It’s about the moment. The pressure was different because there were a lot more people paying attention to my music, so I had to think differently. XXX is me experimenting and seeing how far I can push listeners with what I do. Before I didn’t think I could really do [rhyming] patterns like Elzhi, Eminem, dudes like that. They probably got rhyming dictionaries or thesauruses and whatever. I just got like two grades of regular hood nigga vocabulary and tried to play with that. I figured out a way to do it.
And listen to the album if you haven't heard it already right here.