Danny Brown Wishes People Would Stop Trying to Be Impressive

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Danny Brown is playing at Trees on 4/10.

Danny Brown is getting OLD. While he has stated that the title of his forthcoming album is a tribute to Wu-Tang legend and strong creative influence, Old Dirty Bastard, there seems to be a deeper context behind it. Detroit's grimy casanova is now 32, and though the young fanbase he's acquired in his time at Fools Gold Records will spend tomorrow night at Trees getting too turned up to his energetic live set (alongside EDM celebrity DJ Baauer), it seems Brown is content with his wildin out days past him. Before he embarks on a long stretch of Summer tour dates, he gave us a few minutes to talk about his comedic sensibilities, dream collaborations and Dallas rapper Stubb A Lean.

You're about to hit the road for awhile. What do you like to do to prepare for a long tour?
Rest more than anything. Just be at home, because I know I'm not going to be there for a minute. I need to just relax and be by myself for a minute. I'm kind of a loner type of guy.

Whats your favorite part about touring the South?
People are generally nice down there, it's just chill. I'm not like a party and go out type of person, and I think that when you're in an atmosphere where it's not really that crazy it's kinda cool. LA, New York, those big cities kind of like force you to go out and do stuff. When you're in a place like Texas, I just chill and eat a lot of good food really. Just eat and smoke and stuff.

You've alluded in recent interviews that your new project is going to take an unexpected direction as far as your humor goes. As a rapper who's known for his punchlines, do you ever feel pressure to be funny on the track?
I don't ever feel pressured. I'm just being me, I'm naturally funny. I'll say something that's not even that funny, and people will laugh just at the way I say it and how it sounds. I think that's just going to come out anyway, I can make a serious ass song and people will laugh at it. I never have to force being funny. At the end of the day, if you can make somebody laugh out of a bad situation, that's like making a bad situation better right?

You've also announced a lot of the featured artists to appear on OLD [ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kitty and Purity Ring]. Are there any artists you haven't worked with yet that you'd really like to collaborate with?
One person that I just admire so much and would like to just be around and work with would be Mike Skinner from The Streets. That's my homie... I got into [UK grime style] back in 2003, I was already twenty something... I was older than Dizzee Rascal when he came out with his first album, but I could for sure say it played a big part in my career. We're here 10 years later and it's heavily influenced everywhere I see... It's the poppin shit to do right now.

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