- 30 Apr 19
'U Know What I'm Saying?' will follow up 2016's stellar 'Atrocity Exhibition.'
Detroit rapper Danny Brown has taken to Instagram to reveal the name of his new album. In a post showing a full spread feature from Highsnobiety, the rapper discussed some details about the highly anticipated release. It will be called U Know What I’m Saying, and it will feature Q-Tip as executive producer.
Many were immediately thrilled by the idea of a new album fully produced by the Tribe Called Quest icon, but Brown clarified saying that he will share production duties with Paul White – a mainstay in Brown’s studio – and Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, whose own formal debut Veteran came out in early 2018 to massive acclaim.
It’s difficult to say, based on this mix of collaborators, exactly what the project could end up sounding like, with Q-Tip’s style rooted in the 90s boom-bap that made Tribe such a classic group, JPEGMAFIA experienced in more experimental, abrasive, industrial and electronic sounds, and Paul White generally able to shift his production to fit Brown’s needs from project to project. Many are still excited however, based on the sheer star power alone, and coming off Brown’s stellar previous album Atrocity Exhibition, which, itself, dealt in dark, industrial beats and harsh, aggressive vocal delivery.
In the past Q-Tip has done production for a wide variety of artists including Nas, Mobb Deep, and Mariah Carey. The last three Danny Brown albums – starting with his stunning breakout XXX – are considered by many to be some of the best of the 2010’s. So far no release date has been given for U Know What I’m Saying? and no single has been released, though Brown has shared a number of snippets of new music on his Twitch channel where he streams himself playing various video games.