Growing Up Part-Filipino

Danny Brown: “My pops is half Filipino. You probably don’t know that [I’m a quarter Filipino] but my grandma met a dude in the Peace Corps in the ’60s. He moved to Detroit and he ended up being a crazy alcoholic [and] abusive. He used to beat her and shit. He got super wasted and died of alcohol poisoning.

 

I used to go to a Filipino church when I was a kid because of my grandma. That was weird growing up because you’re in a predominantly black city and you’ve got a Filipino grandma.

 

“So she came all the way from the Philippines to Detroit and she’s got two boys and you know, nothing—so she built her shit up all the way from the beginning. But my moms is straight nigga, straight ghetto. [Laughs.]

“My pops really don’t have no family here, but there was a lot of Filipinos around. I used to go to a Filipino church when I was a kid because of my grandma. We were always with my grandma. Even to this day, my brothers stay with my Filipino grandma. That was weird growing up because you’re in a predominantly black city and you’ve got a Filipino grandma.”