Bondafide magazine’s eighth issue hits shelves today and promises to come packed full of features on artists from across the hip hop, electronic and beats music spectrum. Featuring the likes of Big Daddy Kane, James Lavelle, Edan, Mike Skinner, Killer Mike, Thundercat, Mount Kimbie, Gold Panda, Kon and cover star Danny Brown, we’re looking forward to getting our hands on a copy. We’ve got an exclusive extract from the Danny Brown interview for you to check out below, before heading over here to pick up Issue 08 for yourself.
It’s a good time to be Danny Brown. There’s an amazing online buzz about his presence in the UK, blogs have been eager for leaks from new long player Old and his Twitter game is reaching the heights of Tyler, the Creator’s (albeit with less caps). He’s a streak of individualism in a sea of pretenders, and he knows it.
“Maybe I was British in a past life,” reflects Danny Brown, sat smoking a blunt on a wall in a Cheshire courtyard. It’s a sunny afternoon, and the elderly couple sat on a bench outside the hotel bar are smirking at the hint of weed in the air.
There’s a plethora of artists staying here, in the area for the Parklife festival, but out of all the US cats Danny is perhaps the most at home, considering his love of British music.
“Yeah, I do feel like that! Every time I come here I say that. Like I lived here in a previous life or sum’n,” he chuckles. “There’s only two places I feel like that. Oakland and London. I don’t know why Oakland, probably for the same reasons, I’m such a fan of they music too. Maybe I listen to they music so much it’s like you can kind of, get the vibe of how people live out there maybe?
“I study everything. Whatever was considered to be great… more so I like to study the shit that people didn’t really talk too much about when it came out and then 20 years later it’s a classic album. I like to find those albums, like that.”
What about the reported influence of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust? That guy was a trailblazer too.
“Yeah, as far him and what he was doing performance wise, I think I learned something from that. I watched a documentary about it and he was saying he played a lot of shows where people didn’t get it. Once when he started playing for the audience that got him, that’s when shit started working, you know? I felt like I’d done that on my come up, played a lot of gigs and played with a lot of people that was not really my type of shit, but at the end of the day it seasoned me.”
Lessons from Ziggy, and he’s not the only influence on Brown. “What I learned from Larry David is how to make improv seem like it was written. Like a lot of these songs on this album… I just didn’t know what I was doing starting them out, then by the end of it ended up being a concept song. Just writing, let the pen take it where it go, then before you know it you wrote a story when you was just sitting here writing a rap. So I think I just let the pen do the talking instead of me sitting down and saying, ‘I’m gonna write a song about this or that’, y’know? I just sit down and shit just start happening. Almost like it came from another… a higher power or something, I don’t know.
“It’s the exact same thing [with Larry]. He don’t know when he gonna be funny, they create a scenario, the dialogue happens, and that’s pretty much how I wanna make my music. I got a beat but I don’t know what the fuck’s gonna happen. I just start, I don’t sit there and think too hard on it, [and] try to write a script.”
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