Danny Brown Old & Reckless tour dates

Critically acclaimed Fool’s Gold MC wraps new album and hits the road with Kitty for his first solo headlining tour.

Listen to new song “#HottestMC,” produced by Harry Fraud

Danny Brown is on fire: after announcing the “Worst Of Both Worlds” Tour with chart-topping DJ phenomenon Baauer (culminating with sure-to-be triumphant Coachella performances), the Detroit superstar leaked “#HottestMC,” a controversial response to MTV’s list of the same name that instantly garnered praise everywhere from Pitchfork (hailing it as “a devastating slice of messiah-rap meant for an age of false prophets”) to lyrical peers like Kendrick Lamar (who instantly tweeted, “Danny Brown killin this new track. Hard. Uncut tho.”)

Danny’s hot streak will continue to blaze all this spring on the “Old & Reckless” Tour, his first ever solo headlining trek following back-to-back sold-out US tours supporting A$AP Rocky and Childish Gambino. Fellow rap rule-breaker Kitty will open each date, and fans will be the first to hear new songs from Danny’s eagerly anticipated new Fool’s Gold Records full-length Old, featuring guest appearances from Schoolboy Q, Charli XCX, Rustie and more.

Danny Brown tour dates:

Fri 3/15 – Viceland – Austin, TX

Fri 3/15 – Mass Appeal @ Austin Music Hall – Austin, TX

Sat 3/16 – Fool’s Gold Showcase @ Beauty Ballroom – Austin, TX

Tue 4/9 – Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX*

Wed 4/10 – Tree’s – Dallas, TX*

Thu 4/11 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX*

Sat 4/13 – Coachella – Indio, CA*

Sun 4/14 – Congress – Tucson, AZ*

Mon 4/15 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ*

Wed 4/17 – Independent – San Francisco, CA*

Thu 4/18 – Casa De La Raza – Santa Barbara, CA*

Sat 4/20 – Coachella – Indio, CA*

Wed 4/24 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI**

Thu 4/25 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL**

Fri 4/26 – Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN**

Sat 4/27 – High Noon – Madison, WI**

Sun 4/28 – Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA**

Mon 4/29 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO**

Wed 5/1 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA**

Thu 5/2 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC**

Fri 5/3 – Greene Street – Greensboro, NC**

Sat 5/4 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC**

Tue 5/7 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY**

Wed 5/8 – TLA – Philadelphia, PA**

Thu 5/9 – Middle East – Boston, MA**

Fri 5/10 – The Met – Providence, RI**

Sat 5/11 – Pearl Street – Northampton, MA**

Mon 5/13 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH**

Tue 5/14 – Deluxe – Indianapolis, IN**

Thu 5/16 – Tao – Las Vegas, NV

Thu 5/23 – Wow Hall – Eugene, OR

Fri 5/24 – Hawthorne – Portland, OR

Sun 5/26 – Sasquatch – George, WA

* with Baauer

** with Kitty

Kendrick Lamar headlining Mass Appeal launch party at SXSW

KENDRICK LAMAR HEADLINING EXCLUSIVE MASS APPEAL LAUNCH PARTY AT SXSW, SPONSORED BY BBC ICE CREAM FEATURING, PUSHA T, BUN B, DANNY BROWN, A$AP FERG, JOEY BADA$$, ROC MARCIANO AND SURPRISED TBA VIPS

MASS APPEAL RE-IMAGINING MEDIA WITH ORIGINAL CONTENT CELEBRATING CULTURAL CREATORS ACROSS MASSAPPEAL.COM, VIDEO CHANNEL, QUARTERLY MAGAZINE, MONTHLY EVENT SERIES AND VISUAL STORIES

Mass Appeal publishes its iconic 52nd magazine issue this March and will bring the noise with an exclusive launch event featuring Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Bun B, Danny Brown, A$AP Ferg, Joey Bada$$, Roc Marciano, Alexander Spit at SXSW in Austin on March 15, 2013. The massive artist lineup illustrates Mass Appeal’s respect and regard among hip-hop’s finest. As an official SXSW showcase, the launch event will be held at iconic Austin Music Hall (which last year featured the Dr. Dre and Eminem show).

Hosted by BBC Ice Cream, the launch event will feature a selection of exclusive content from Mass Appeal’s archives and a screening of Jason Goldwatch’s most recent Time Pieces, intimate mini-documentaries celebrating cultural creators. Doors open at 8pm on March 15, 2013. For complete artist lineup and event information, please go to http://massappeal-icecream.splashthat.com/

ABOUT MASS APPEAL

Originally founded in 1996 as a graffiti magazine, Mass Appeal has been reengineered as a dynamic media collaboration featuring video, pictures and words celebrating tastemaker culture (while sticking true to its creative legacy).

Led by Sacha Jenkins, the magazine provides unique and intelligent commentary and provocative perspective into street art and influence, music culture and trends, photography and people.

A collectable icon of cultural history, Mass Appeal features premium, original photography, contemporary design and best-in-class production. Mass Appeal’s video network includes Jason Goldwatch’s Time Pieces, Ill Times and Off The Wall.

Baauer and Danny Brown announce Worst of Both Worlds tour dates

BAAUER AND DANNY BROWN ANNOUNCE ‘WORST OF BOTH WORLDS’ TOUR

STAR PRODUCER AND DETROIT RAPPER TO CO-HEADLINE WESTERN US DATES IN APRIL

Brazen Detroit rapper Danny Brown will team up with New York producer Baauer for a string of dates this April dubbed “The Worst of Both Worlds” around their respective appearances at this year’s Coachella Festival. Baauer, the man behind the current Billboard number 1 hit “Harlem Shake”, has turned the party up across the world with his hip-hop influenced take on dance music. Fool’s Gold artist Danny has been hard at work finishing up Old, his follow-up to, XXX, the lauded 2011 record that help land him on the covers of XXL, The Fader and Wax Poetics, along with a coast-to-coast fall tour that had him performing along with fell 2012 standouts A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q. “The Worst of Both Worlds” kicks off April 9th in Houston, and runs through both weekends of Coachella.

DANNY BROWN “WITIT” MUSIC VIDEO:

DANNY BROWN AND BAAUER TOUR DATES:

Apr 9 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds

Apr 10 Dallas, TX Tree’s

Apr 11 Austin, TX Emo’s East

Apr 13 Indio, CA Coachella

Apr 14 Tucson, AZ Congress Theater

Apr 15 Tempe, AZ Club Red

Apr 17 San Francisco, CA The Independent

Apr 18 Santa Barbara, CA Casa De La Raza

Apr 20 Indio, CA Coachella

MHz Legacy – “Spaceship” Ft. Danny Brown (Prod. By Harry Fraud) Self-Titled Album Will Be Released October 30; Pre-Order The Album Now

MP3: MHz Legacy – “Spaceship” Ft. Danny Brown (Prod. By Harry Fraud) Self-Titled Album Will Be Released October 30; Pre-Order The Album Now

The Song:

On October 30th, MHz Legacy will release their new, self-titled album via Man Bites Dog Records. The album will be the first cohesive offering from MHz Legacy in over a decade – but it’s not because the crew hasn’t been busy. Quite the contrary: RJD2 has become one of music’s most rangy and talented producers; Copywrite, who spent the aughts being courted by Roc-A-Fella Records, remains, along with Jakki Da Motamouth and Tage Future, among rap’s most talented lyricists; and Camu Tao, before his untimely passing in 2008 following a bout with lung cancer, was a flagship artist on the now-defunct Def Jux label, forming the duo Central Services with El-P, and serving, with his unique style and delivery, as an influence to many. Two of those people that call Camu influences are Danny Brown and Harry Fraud, both of whom appear on this latest single from MHz Legacy, “Spaceship”.

From its inception, “Spaceship,” premiered today by FADER, served as homage to Camu, who appears throughout MHz Legacy with a number of never-before-heard verses. The song’s catchy, topsy-turvy chorus (“You don’t know how to drive a spaceship/ You don’t know how to fly a car”) pulls from a Camu vocal, and his off-kilter delivery – he’s also responsible for the first verse on “Spaceship” – is just as powerful today as it was over 10 years ago. And most excitingly, Camu’s verse sounds right at home next to Danny Brown, who’s own pitchy, unorthodox delivery makes for the perfect Odd Couple pairing.

Download “Spaceship” here:

Fader premiered the single, and more info can be found here

MHz Legacy Track List:

1. Accidentally On Purpose (Prod. By Rob Stern)
2. Hindsight (1998) Ft. Playdough (Prod. By RJD2)
3. Four Player Mode (Prod. By RJD2)
4. Out Of Room (Prod. By RJD2)
5. Spaceship Ft. Danny Brown (Prod. By Harry Fraud)
6. Soul Train (Of Thought) Ft. Oh No The Disrupt (Of Gangrene) (Prod. By !llmind)
7. Addictionary Ft. ILL BILL & Slaine (Of La Coka Nostra) (Prod. By Stu Bangas)
8. Gone! (Prod. By Surock)
9. Obituaries (Prod. By Marco Polo)
10. Columbus Diss Patch Ft. Dom (Prod. By J Rawls)
11. Mass Temple Ft. Steve From Middle Distance Runner (Prod. By Jason Rose)
12. Y’all Don’t Know (Prod. By D1)
13. Yellow & Blue Ft. Blu (Prod. By Surock)
14. Satisfaction Ft. Slug (Of Atmosphere) (Prod. By RJD2)
15. Tero Smith Ft. Aaron Livingston (Of Icebird) (Prod. By RJD2)
16. Somewhere (2099) (Prod. By RJD2)
17. Mechanical Me (Prod. By Jason Rose)

The Background:

For over a decade, the Columbus, Ohio, artists that originally formed to make up MHz, rappers Copywrite, Camu Tao, Tage Future, and Jakki Da Motamouth, along with producer RJD2, have been some of the most influential and revered in the underground scene. But despite their impressive and varied solo careers, to date, the super crew has only released one album, 2001’s Table Scraps, largely a collection of loosies and rare b-sides. MHz suffered a major setback in 2008 when Camu Tao, one of the most quietly influential rappers in the 00s, passed away after a two year battle with lung cancer. In his memory, MHz came back together to re-release Table Scraps via then upstart hip-hop label Man Bites Dog Records. Since then, MHz has been working on an official group debut and now, having changed their name to MHz Legacy in honor of Camu Tao, the group is prepping the release of their self-titled album. The album, being released October 30th via Man Bites Dog Records, includes features from Danny Brown, Blu, Slug (of Atmosphere), ILL BILL, Slaine, and Oh No, and joining in-house producer RJD2 behind the boards will be Harry Fraud, Marco Polo, Stu Bangas, Illmind, and others. In memory of Camu Tao, the album will also feature a number of never-before-heard Camu Tao verses from the vaults.

About Man Bites Dog Records:

Passionate about music and with an ear for discovering great talent, RML formed Man Bites Dog Records in 2005 in Northern Virginia, a few short miles from Washington DC. In an area dominated by GoGo Music, it was the goal of MBDR to offer an avenue for local hip-hop talent. The label quickly grew beyond the confines of the local scene, however, as MBDR began to release project from the likes of Copywrite, Vast Aire, and others. Since then, it has been MBDR’s goal to sign artists who create classic music – music that stands the test of time – in genres ranging from underground New York hip-hop to funky pop. Currently, MBDR’s roster includes Killah Priest, Copywrite, Vast Aire, MHz Legacy, Jakki da Motamouth, Stu Bangas & Vanderslice, Esoteric, Wais P, Bronze Nazareth, Crimison Gods, Kount Fif, Empuls, Last Bison, Jason Rose, Brink, Red Mud, Sinista Daniro, Dom, Jay Notes, and The Swashbuckler.

El-P – Cancer4Cure album review

Brooklyn rapper and producer, El-P, just released a radically contemporary LP on Fat Possum Records. His flow is angular and viciously intelligent.  The instrumentals are diverse and cutting-edge.  The pervasive drone is not unlike the constant noise levels in Brooklyn. A lot of songs, for example “Drones Over BKLYN” sound influenced by Death Grips’ aesthetic of metal and heavy machinery (not to mention the political relevance of drones).

Stand-out single “The Full Retard” is a machine gun party. Quoting deceased friend Camu Tao, El-P demands, “So you should pump this shit, like they do in the future.”  After a while there’s a hilariously sarcastic voice that comes in: “When harmony and love reign, no longer do we live in a society bent on its own destruction… Children of every race, creed, and religion frolic in fields of golden dandelions.” He’s clearly making fun of rappers who indulge in flaky bullshit. Then it’s cut off by a barrage of rapid gun-fire, El-P smirks and repeats “little bitch” for a while.

In terms of collaboration, El-P doesn’t mess around. “Oh Hail No” (described to Skinny Mag as, “Some rebel shit from the garbage”) has verses from both Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and Danny Brown. “Tougher Colder Killer” (inspired by a poem about a soldier’s guilt after battle) features Killer Mike and Despot. “True Story” has chopped vocals from Heems (Das Rascist). However, “Works Every Time” featuring Paul Banks of Interpol is lukewarm, but whatever.

The subject matter is original and affecting. Opening track, “Request Denied” is about the exuberance and irreverence of youth. Escapist yet destructive pass-times are the basis of “Works Every Time”. “The Jig Is Up” and “Sign Here” are the only songs about women… but “The Jig Is Up” is based on Groucho Marx’s famously self-depreciating line, “I wouldn’t want to be part of any club that would have me” and the interrogative “Sign Here” is about sex and domination. “For My Upstairs Neighbor” has a bored and shocking refrain, “If you kill him I won’t tell…” Madness, paranoia, death, control, technology – definitely more relevant than smoking weed and thinking up clever nicknames for yourself.

You really should pump Cancer4Cure like they do in the future. El-P is on point.

Danny Brown – XXX review

One of the most talked about artists in the Hip-Hop/Rap game has just dropped his latest effort XXX. The 30 year old lyricist  Danny Brown almost signed with G-Unit, but with his unique look, it didn’t happen. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson loved the music, as he should.  XXX takes us in to the dirty and unclean world of the poor in the city of Detroit. XXX is a truly unique listening experience for many of the right reasons. Truly something we haven’t heard in the world of the genre.

Danny Brown’s lyrics are described as unclean and dirty. A lot of the record is crazy, lewd, and in your face. His love for the ADHD drug to make you focused, Adderall can be heard in the track “Adderall Admiral.” The opening few lines in the track really do express his love, “Eating on an Adderall, Wash it down  with alcohol. Writing holy mackerel, Actual all factual.”  The track “Die Like A Rockstar” is a grim look at drugs and the stars the died who had drug problems.  Another standout on the record lyrically, is “Pac Blood.” Some of the most in your face, hard, uncensored lyrics ever. Talking about the Pope, the Virgin Mary, and the infamous Sarah Palin in unflattering ways.

The production value isn’t Grammy winning material, but still complements the wacky, honest lyrics. Nothing over the top like some of the music that is out in the main stream, but enough to get you replaying the record. The beats on the record serve as a soundtrack to the lyrical content that Brown spits into the microphone. He absolutely kills it on some of these tracks like “Radio Song” and the drug anthem “Blunt After Blunt.”

XXX delivers something special, and is really something to give a serious listen to. It’s not everyday you hear stuff like this in music. Danny Brown is an artist to watch in the future. If anything deserves to be at the top of your must get records of the year, totally get XXX.

Danny Brown’s XXX is now available on Fools Gold Records for free!