Hip Hopposites Attract
The truth behind Danny Brown and Black Milk's obscure, hyper-sexed new EP
Published: November 2, 2011
After a few cursory listens, many folks in the blogosphere into petty comparisons will think Brown's "did he really just say that?" punch lines outshine Black Milk's production prowess. They actually do. But Milk purposely lets Danny get the shine, chooses not to rap at all for the most part, and focused on curating a project where they're not stepping all over each other.
"I'd say he's the only real producer I know in rap music, I respect him a lot," Brown says of Milk. "He would send me some beats then I would record to them, and when I came back it was a whole new song. That's being a producer to me. There's only one beat that I rapped to that made the album. The rest he totally flipped after I left."
Both artists seemed to enjoy the process of crafting a co-album and dig working together. Milk says Brown was beyond easy to work with and wouldn't rule out revisiting a part two in the future. And in Brown's twisted head, it'd be great if that came out on Fat Beats as well.
"Fat Beats passed up The Hybrid, Brown says, as his cantakerous inner self starts to resurface. "They said it was too iffy. They didn't sign me. I wanted to put it out on Fat Beats and they turned me down. They crushed my dreams," he says with a laugh, "and now they dick riding. It's funny how everything comes around full circle though. Now everyone is rah-rah Danny Brown. Shit, two years ago, I couldn't get a Black Milk beat to save my life. But I'm not gonna complain and be a dickhead ... as long as fans like it, I'm cool."
The Black Milk and Danny Brown EP Black and Brown is out now.
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