Danny Brown is all set to drop his sixth full-length body of work this weekend, and he has now provided some insight into the vision that birthed the project.
During an interview with Apple Music 1 on Tuesday (November 14), the Detroit MC talked about Quaranta — which is due out Friday (November 17) — and how it exhibits tremendous growth in his lifestyle compared to a decade ago.
“I know me, with my blacked out drunk phases, I definitely offended a lot of people and burned a lot of bridges just being an asshole,” he told Zane Lowe. “But now at this point in my life, I’m all about positivity in that sense. I don’t want to have anything negative, or say anything negative, or put that kind of attitude into the world, because all it does is boomerang and comes back.
“So yeah, it was a lot of things that I’m not proud of, and there’s a lot of things that I’ve said that I don’t even believe. You just say stuff. So I’m at that point in my life where I just really want to help people.”
He concluded: “That’s where I’m at now, even with the music, or even just with day-to-day living, I’m all about helping somebody, especially if they going through the same things that I was going through. I’m definitely that voice of reason that could guide you to the light.”
The latest track from Danny Brown’s new album is “Jenn’s Terrific Vacation,” which you can check out below.
Danny Brown is among the handful of creatives who managed to overcome their vices while holding on to the creative energy they spark.
It’s no secret that the Midwest native has a long history with substance abuse. With songs like “Die Like A Rockstar” and bars such as: “Sniff when I get up/ On the balcony drunk/ Like the world is mine/ Staggering inside with my robe untied,” his untimely demise seemed like it could have been a real possibility. Fortunately, he managed to turn things around just in time.
During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Danny opened up about his recent stint in rehab and the ways in which it set him on the right path. He said he is now eating better, seeing clearer and is more in touch with his spiritual side.
“I was scared of this shit,” he said about dying. “Now, I just look at it like, ‘Man, when it’s the time, it’s the time.’ It’s almost like life is a school, and when you die, it’s graduation. When the higher power is ready for you to graduate, you’ll graduate. And obviously, I haven’t done what I’m supposed to here.”
Revealing that he now sleeps for up to 10 hours some nights after recovering from years of self-destructive tendencies, he added: “I guess I’m catching up for all the sleep that I wasn’t getting when I was drugging. And I’m having vivid, movie dreams.”