Our digital cover kicks off a week filled with exclusive features on the Detroit MC.
This feature is a part of Complex's Danny Brown Week.
If there's one rapper who understands the power of perseverance, it's Danny Brown. He's been dreaming of spitting rhymes full-time since his mother first read him Green Eggs and Ham. His journey from elementary-school MC to Detroit D-boy to incarcerated poet to mixtape rapper brought him tantalizingly close to signing with some of New York's heaviest hip-hop crews. He finally got down with Fools Gold Records and released his 2011 breakthrough XXX, whose title refers to the artist's advanced age as well his utterly uncensored lyrical content. Featuring madcap double-time rhymes over electronic beats, XXX established Brown as one of hip-hop's most eccentric and irresistible voices.
His latest album, Old, which is available to stream on Spotify today, digs deep into Brown's biography, offering humorous takes on sometimes painful topics as it weaves together a portrait of the artist as a young man—aka "the old Danny Brown." To celebrate the release of Brown's magnum opus, Complex collaborated with his team to create this digital cover story featuring videography and photography by Andrew Cutraro. The vertiginous visuals accompany an in-depth account of Brown's formative years, as told to Lauren Nostro. So strap on your headphones, hit that Spotify link, and prepare yourself for an immersive digital media experience that makes full use of the latest multi-plane parallax scrolling technology. All of which is a fancy way of saying you never saw anything like this before. So what are you waiting for? Dive in.
WATCH COMPLEX TV'S EXCLUSIVE DANNY BROWN INTERVIEW