Danny Brown Is Living His Best Life Rapping Over 1 Of Q-Tip’s Best Beats (Video)
Last month, Danny Brown delivered a strong addition to his respected discography. uknowhatimsayin¿ features Run The Jewels, Consequence, and JPEGMAFIA, among others. Q-Tip, who provides some vocals, executive produced the collection of songs. The Abstract, who began working on this LP with Danny years ago, also laced the Warp Records LP with three tracks.
Outside of legendary work with A Tribe Called Quest, Tip has been an accomplished producer for Nas, Mobb Deep, and the first Crooklyn Dodgers lineup, just to name a few. He gives Danny one of his sweetest creations in recent years with “Best Life.” It samples some ’70s Soul with a chop like only Tip can create.
Danny Brown takes the evocative beat and tells his life story, dating back to the Reagan-era 1980s. “War on drugs was a chess game / Was a pawn, guns drawn on my front lawn / Just a young ni**a, starin’ down the corner / Checkin’ out the hustlers with the latest kicks on ’em / Know a ni**a want, mama ain’t got it / F*ckin’ up in school, lyin’, what she know about it? / I was just a young ni**a, ain’t know what I was headed for / Jumped off the porch, really, I wasn’t ready for it,” Brown recalls.
The video takes the accounts of Brown’s lyrics literally. It suggests his upbringing in a colorful vignette that details arrests, curbside transactions, and his family life.
However, roughly 30 years later, Brown made it. He survived a hard life from a hard city, and he brings his story to the delight of fans. The concept of this song is simplistic, but its rhymes pack a punch—especially with a rough upbringing over a delightful Q-Tip arrangement.
#BonusBeat: Rap Radar Podcast’s exceptional interview with Danny Brown regarding uknowhatimsayin¿ and working with Q-Tip: