“Uknowwhatimsayin” Is the fifth studio album by American rap artist Danny Brown. It was released on October 4, 2019, by Warp Records. Q-Tip as the executive producer (oooh la la) and features guest appearances from Run the Jewels, Obongjayar, Jpegmafia, and Blood Orange.
I’ve never considered myself to be a Danny Brown fan. My friends that do listen to DB have always suggested I I give his “old stuff” a listen. If I ever did, it’d be for a couple songs, and I couldn’t get over how much I disliked his flow and he sounded like a hyena. I mean, DB can rap for sure. His flow, to me, was just too sporadic along with his off-putting subject matter.
So I guess it’s fair to say I never gave his music a fair chance.
Mind you, this was years ago.
Since then my taste and tolerance has expanded.
“Uknowhatimsayin” showed up as a “New Releases” pop up on my Spotify account and I dismissed it IMMEDIATELY. When I open up Spotify I already have something in mind I want to listen to. How dare you show me new music that fits my taste, Spotify.
You know how you occasionally tell yourself “I need to explore new music” when you find yourself listening to the same 50 songs in rotation? Yeah that was when I decided it was time to upset myself with some new music.
Obviously “Uknowhatimsayin” was in my list to listen to so I began with that.
Self-deprecation is the staple of DB’s storytelling style. He specializes in reverse humblebrags, wherein boasts are backhanded and carry some unflattering description or dark glimpse into his mental state.
Sometimes they’re light-hearted (“The Henny got me wetter than whale piss”; “Kush stanking like it broke the wind”).
Sometimes they’re heavy (“My resume is killa, bitch/Dealt with so much pain that I don’t even know what feeling is”).
Sometimes they’re both (“Maniac off Xanny bars/Sack like Santa Claus”). Brown has not made good on his promise to tone down his traditionally lurid, macabre descriptions of sex. “Dirty Laundry” is a literal laundry list of his wildest public sex escapades; on “Belly On The Beast,” he claims that “Your bitch like a leech on my scrotum”; on “Negro Spiritual,” he fires off a salvo of vivid similes, like “ass like centaur,” “pussy slippery like a winter road,” and “birds on me like scarecrow.”
“People think my life is just non-stop orgies with crackheads,” he said in a 2012 interview with The Fader. “And it kind of is.”
In a genre ovverrun by bragadocious, emotionless artists, Danny Brown remains in a lane of his own. He’s a hybrid of ODB, Earl Sweatshirt, and Lil B in my opinion. Theres much room in my heart and eardrums for an artist of his sort.
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