Danny Brown, set to release his upcoming album Old on October 8, says the project can be described as an “indie Rap” collection.
“I’d say it’s a Rap album, but it’s an ‘indie rap’ album,” Brown said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “Indie Rap, you can tell it’s no motives of making money behind it. It’s just artistic expression. I know how to rap and I care about pushing the genre forward, being progressive. [Rap purists] are probably stuck in the early Nineties. For me, that sound is cool, that sound is great, but if we just continue to do that, where we gonna be in 10 years?
During the interview, Brown also spoke about his recent criticism of Big Sean.
“My point with Big Sean is that every time you hear him in an interview and every time he do anything, he’s like, ”Cause I’m from Detroit. I’m from Detroit.’ There’s ho-ass niggas from Detroit and there’s gangstas in Detroit. Just being from a place doesn’t dictate, doesn’t mean anything. My whole point is about inspiring people to do things to get out of Detroit. Somebody like him hasn’t been in Detroit forever, in years. He repping it like it’s a cool place to be.”
Brown had similar words for Miley Cyrus, who recently told Rolling Stone that she “really grew up” after spending a summer in Detroit.
“Detroit’s where I felt like I really grew up,” she said in her cover story for the magazine. “It was only for a summer, but that’s where I started going to clubs, where I got my first tattoo…without my mom’s consent. I got it on 8 Mile.”
Brown was asked about Cyrus’ quote.
“She ain’t live no Detroit experience,” Brown said. “We can throw that out the window. I think she just trying to be cool. Personally, the reason that I don’t like it is there’s a lot of little girls that saw and looked up to Miley Cyrus as a little kid. Now they grown and they seeing what she doing. Somebody else can do that. You can be the one person who don’t do that. What’s your point? That you want to fuck black niggas or something? I don’t get it. You just lost a nice-looking White dude, who was rich. Is he? I don’t know. I just know homeboy left Miley Cyrus and I say, ‘Duh.’
Brown was also asked how he feels about men in Hip Hop who have endorsed Miley Cyrus’ music and rapping. Cyrus, for example, appears as a rapper on Mike WiLL Made It’s recent single “23,” which also features Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa, who have also publicly endorsed Cyrus.
“I think anybody doing that just trying to eat,” Brown said. “Ain’t no nigga worried about their own music worried about her. Kendrick Lamar is not trying to do no song with Miley Cyrus. It’s just like this, man. It’s like the little White girl in the hood that might get you a plug on some pills or some shit. You gonna be nice to her to get your plug or whatever you need to get. They trying to eat.”