In a lengthy, in depth interview with Complex, the ever-entertaining and insightful Danny Brown tackled a range of topics, from the relatively tame subjects of his passion for rap and position within the industry, to slightly more guarded matters:
Switching gears, I wanted to ask about your relationship with Kitty Pryde. What’s the deal with that?
I mean…[Laughs.] I mean, it is what it is, man. I don’t know. It’s kind of crazy. But yeah, I guess. [Laughs.]
What was your reaction when you first saw that video?
I mean, I heard the song way before I seen the video. I already knew about it. She had told me about it.
Oh, you know her?
Yeah. I’ve known Kitty for months. I listened to her music way before this. Like, I’m real cool with her manager Walker, because I’m super homies with Main Attractionz.
So you guys met through him?
Nah, we met through Twitter.
Oh, was she just hitting on you?
Nah, I wouldn’t say it was like that. I was more-so checking out her music, and I liked it.
How did you find her music?
She hit me up, and it was just one of those times when I did click it.
So you weren’t surprised when you saw the video? You kind of knew it was coming.
Yeah. We kick it.
Like, on the phone? Or do you hang out together?
[Laughs.] I don’t know, man.
[Laughs.] It’s so funny how you were so open about jail and so closed about this.
Well, I’m not sure how old she is, so maybe you shouldn’t say anything about this. [Laughs.]
I mean, I know it. So it’s all good.
Danny also detailed his time in prison with tremendous candor:
How did jail make you social?
Because you have to talk. Think about it. You’re locked up for eight months, and you’re just going to be in that bitch not talking to anybody? I’m shy, and I don’t really want to talk to nobody, but somebody’s going to eventually talk to you and after a while. As shit goes on, that shit’s going to be your home, and they’re going to be your homies.
I was fucking with niggas I would never fuck with on the street. Like, niggas who, my life is so fucking 360 from what their life is. I can’t even really talk to them about the shit that I know about. They was just straight hood niggas. That’s it. I was on some whole other shit, back then. I was wearing skinny fucking oranges and shit. [Laughs.]
I’m pretty sure you were the only one wearing that.
Yeah. I had a hook up with the laundry dude. I used to get small pants and extra, extra large shirts. That shit used to look crazy. Because you know you have to get your own size, just medium top and medium pants, but just, how you get them small pants and that big-ass shirt. That was my jail shit.
I ain’t going to front, I kind of shot a lot of moves in jail. That’s Detroit slang for like, making shit happen. [Laughs.] I don’t know. I’m that type of guy. I didn’t have a bad time in jail, no homo, not fucking. [Laughs.] I was shooting moves, man, making shit happen for myself. I wasn’t worried about shit. I was eating good, bruh. I was eating Burger King and shit. [Laughs.]
Brown is no stranger to raw honesty and emotion in his music, but interviews such as this one serve to paint an even fuller, more fascinating portrait of one of rap’s brightest talents–not to mention one of the few current artists who seems to truly exude a classic rock star aura. Read the rest of interview here.