Former Definitive Jux emcee Danny! is readying his biggest release to date, Payback. The early 2012 effort still awaiting a date, and Danny!’s second with Interscope Records, features an array of guests, ranging from Bruno Mars and John Legend to Tanya Morgan’s Von Pea and Donwill, among many others.

In a new interview at, Danny! explained covering multiple bases on his next project, while still meeting the needs of a major label. “Honestly, the only one that was the label’s idea was the Bruno Mars feature, obviously. They saw how successful it was for B.o.B., so the Bruno Mars thing was definitely label-sanctioned. But, everyone else, I hand-picked personally. And not even just the big names like Pharell, Swizz Beats,… I also wanted my homies on it too. I knew there were going to be songs where people would go, ‘Oh, Danny! has a song with John Legend?’ but I also wanted people to go, ‘He has a song with Von Pea of Tanya Morgan? Who is that?’ So, not only was it more of a way to align myself with my label contemporaries, it was also a way I could shine light on some of my old homies and use the album as a springboard for them too.”

Read the full interview at Payback features E-40, Tyler, The Creator, Lil B and others.