Danny Brown says Hip Hop should be lyrical in order to preserve the genre.
Although Detroit rapper Danny Brown has shifted his music towards electronic dance music (EDM), the lyricist says the upcoming Bruiser Brigade album will not take the EDM route. Instead, Brown says the Hip Hop collective’s album will take it “back to the essence” of Hip Hop.
He revealed that he hopes the album will bring back the essence of albums from groups like Wu-Tang Clan and Boot Camp Clik.
“I mean, that’s just me and my love for it,” Brown said. “The whole EDM scene. And just me going up into electronic music. And at the end of the day I was honored to get all those deejays to be able to remix my music…I mean, I would say probably not. Cause at the end of the day that’s me. That’s Danny Brown. I’m a fan of that. And the Bruiser Brigade is mostly about Bruiser Brigade. It’s more—it’s just more about getting back to the essence of what Hip Hop [is]. And the albums that I liked when I was 13-years-old. That’s what I was trying to recreate with Bruiser Brigade. Wu-Tang, of course. You know what I’m saying? Boot Camp Clik. I mean, like real group albums. I wanted to really make a good group album. Everybody trying to be a solo artist right now. Not too many people trying to gel together artistically as a group.”
The Motor City emcee did not reveal a release date for the Bruiser Brigade album, but did share that the project is “pretty much done.” He also added that the album will consist of 14 tracks and will not include any guest features.
During his interview with Complex, Brown continued to speak on Hip Hop after being asked to share his thoughts on non-lyrical emcees following French Montana's recent commentary about how lyrical rappers are broke. Brown explained that it’s vital to put an emphasis on lyricism in order to preserve the future of rap music.
“To the French Montana thing, my whole point of it is just that I wouldn’t want to promote that to the kids,” he said. “Cause what does that leave for the future of Rap music as a genre if you tell them that ‘You don’t have to be good. You don’t have to be a great rapper to make money out of this.’ You know? And I think that’s just a total wrong way to look at it…For the most part, I would wanna promote at the best that you have to be really good. And you have to be exceptionally talented to even step your foot into this ring of rap music. You know what I’m saying? It should be that competitive. We have Kendrick Lamars. We have Danny Browns…You gotta know how to rap.”
Following Montana's comments, Brown hit Twitter to mock the "broke" talk.
Chilling in Australia ... Lol like a broke lyrical rapper should be
— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) July 26, 2014
Danny Brown’s interview with Complex can be found below.