Danny Brown:“[In high school] the niggas that smoked weed and got high was always like the bummy dirty niggas so we thought that shit wasn’t cool. I started smoking weed at 18 just from listening to Nas and Mobb Deep and hearing them talk about it. I was thinking [it could make my rapping better] but then it got to the point I wasn’t writing raps cause I was smoking weed.
My thing is Adderall. When I wrote the song ‘The Hybrid’ that was the first time I ever took Adderall. That whole voice and everything—that came from Adderall. I thought I wrote the best rap I ever wrote in my life.
“I never really [liked coke because I never] liked putting shit in my nose. I got into a fight one time and I broke my nose and my shit is all fucked up. So putting shit in my nose is not really my thing. But I really like girls who sniff coke. But I’m starting not to like that shit because I’m starting to realize they just talk too much.
“My thing is Adderall. That’s really just a working thing. If I’m doing shows and I wanna stay up, I take Adderall. When I wrote the song ‘The Hybrid’ that was the first time I ever took Adderall. That whole voice and everything—that came from Adderall. I thought I wrote the best rap I ever wrote in my life [when I wrote that]. That’s where everything came from, that one song.
“I was was like, ‘I would’ve never wrote that shit if I wasn’t on Adderall.’ Every time I write some shit on Addy [it’s like that]. It’s like words come together crazy. I don’t even want to tell my secret. This shit is about to be like steroids in the rap game.
“The thing is, there’s an Adderall shortage right now so it’s like mad hard to find Adderall right now, so I haven’t been writing any raps. I mean. If there’s money on the table then I’m for sure able to kick out a 16 or do what I gotta do without Adderall.
I wrote half of XXX not on Adderall. I wrote half of it on it, and half of it not to prove it to myself that I can do without it. The songs on XXX you think I wrote on Adderall, I didn’t.
“I wrote half of XXX not on Adderall. I wrote half of it on it, and half of it not to prove it to myself that I can do without it. The songs on XXX you think I wrote on Adderall, I didn’t. ‘Die Like A Rockstar’ I wrote on Adderall. ‘Radio Song,’ I didn’t write that on Adderall.
“The first time I ever took it, it was just a new style in my chamber. I learned it like a skateboarder learning a new trick. Now I got a new voice actually and I feel like it’s a voice I never use. That’s the voice on ‘Blunt After Blunt.’ That’s the new voice on this album. I might only rap like that next album.
“If you go like three or four days not sleeping and taking Adderall, when you come down from that it’s the worse shit in the world. [During the come-down] I don’t feel right. I feel like I’m not alive. I feel like I’m out of body. I know I’m alive but my soul on the side of me.
“The ecstasy come-down is terrible too, but the Adderall come-down is probably the worst. But Adderall is just so good in what it’s for, you can’t hate on it. [Laughs.]”