Things are building up nicely to the release of Danny Brown’s latest album ‘Atrocity Exhibition‘ on September 30 since early summer. First, the Detroit spitter announced his return with ‘When It Rain‘ a relentless cascade of rhymes delivered virtually without a pause for breath. He followed up that June release with the equally energetic but slower-paced, rock-infused ‘Pneumonia‘ in August. Now with 10 days to go before the album launch Brown has liberated the audio for the star-studded ‘Really Doe?’. Of the three Atrocity Exhibition singles we’ve heard so far, this is the cut that sounds closest to a conventional rap song. The witty punchlines served up by the four heavyweight lyricists are nailed to a no-frills boom-bap drum line accompanied by a gently bouncing bassline and sporadic injection of a stark piano chord.
The way the mic passes from rapper to rapper, Really Doe? feels a bit like listening to a cypher. Keen to establish himself as “the main star of this show” as he admitted in a Rolling Stone interview, Danny Brown gives himself the first go. After assimilating Brown’s cleverly penned twisted humor you are treated to a hook by Kendrick Lamar: “They say I got the city on fire/I ain’t booming, that’s a goddamn lie, woow/really doe, like really doe?”. Ab-Soul gets next and he shreds the mic in his typically deliberate way before passing the baton back to K-Dot who delivers with more aggression and less patience. Closing out proceedings is Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt who slows things right back down with his deep-voiced bars.
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