A few months ago, Danny Brown took to Twitter to announce that his follow-up to last year’s breakout XXX would be called, of all things, ODB. (For what it’s worth, that stands for “Ol’ Danny Brown”, according to the man himself.) Late last week, an interview with FUSE circulated where Brown said that the record is “finished”. As I learned from an interview earlier today with Brown (set to run in longer form in the near future), neither of those facts are necessarily true.
The album will actually be called Old (“The ‘O’ in ODB”), and it will be for sale, unlike the for-free XXX. It’s about “75% done” and in the mixing stages: “As the actor in this movie, I’m wrapped.”
Danny refers to the album as “more mature” than XXX and promises a more serious tone than his previous work, stating, “If people are just looking for dick-sucking jokes, there isn’t too many of them this time.” He’s still waiting on a few feature spots to be turned in, including contributions from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kitty Pryde, and Purity Ring, who are contributing production along with a hook from vocalist Megan James. (Brown and Purity Ring teamed up for a remix of the latter’s “Belispeak” earlier this year.)
Regular collaborators SKYWLKR and Paul White are involved production-wise, as is Darq E Freaker and Oh No– and Glasgow hyper-genre producer Rustie. “He’s actually the guy that ended the album, to be honest,” Brown says. “I was kind of stuck, and through a stroke of God, he emailed me and said, ‘Yo, I want to submit you some tracks for the album.’ I thought I was done, but I knew I needed a little more flair. He sent me seven beats, and I ended up using three of them.”
Who won’t be appearing on the album, on the other hand, is the bashing hip-hop production duo (and pals of Rustie) TNGHT, who were seen in a Noisey mini-doc earlier this year in the studio with Danny in London. “They never sent me no beats! I was in the studio listening to beats [with them], they said they were going to send me some beats, but they didn’t. I don’t know what’s going on. [Laughs] It’s okay, though– Rustie did good.”
Watch Pitchfork.tv’s Danny Brown documentary, Detroit State of Mind, below.