Published Aug 16, 2016Danny Brown has slowly been rolling out plans for his follow-up to Old, and now details have arrived in full. As expected, the Detroit rapper's new album is titled Atrocity Exhibition, and it will arrive on September 30 via Warp.
The rumoured artwork turns out to be the cover that Brown is sticking with, so it's the tracklisting that comes as the biggest surprise today (August 16).
He's enlisted a handful of guests, including Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt, who all appear on "Really Doe." Petite Noir gets a guest spot on "Rolling Stone," Kelela jumps on "From the Ground" and B-Real from Cypress Hill makes a cameo on "Get Hi." Production credits from Evian Christ, Black Milk and Alchemist also appear throughout.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Brown revealed that he and collaborator Paul White ended up dropping a whopping $70,000 to clear all the samples they wanted to use on the record.
"A lot of people cheap. And that's why their music sounds cheap," Brown said. "I wanna make timeless stuff, so you're gonna have to spend a couple dollars. You could have Rolex or you can have a Swatch."
The album takes its name from a 1980 Joy Division song, but the influence runs deeper than aesthetics, with Brown drawing comparisons between the public's expectations for the band's late frontman Ian Curtis and himself.
"I just relate to that song a lot," Brown told Rolling Stone. "[Ian Curtis is] pretty much talking about how he feels like he's part of a freak show almost. People just wanna come see him and they just wanna see him be a certain type of way. I totally relate to that."
Finally, Brown says he took his time with the album "'cause aint nobody gonna be out here sounding like me, ain't nobody gonna be out here doing what I do. I'm confident in this project to know that I'mma satisfy the people that's already fans of my music. So, if you're a fan of Danny Brown, you in for a treat."
As previously reported, Brown will embark on a North American tour in support of the new album this fall. Find the complete list of his upcoming dates down below the tracklisting for Atrocity Exhibition.
1. Downward Spiral
2. Tell Me What I Don't Know
3. Rolling Stone (ft. Petite Noir)
4. Really Doe (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)
6. Ain't It Funny
8. White Lines
10. Dance In The Water
11. From The Ground (ft. Kelela)
12. When It Rain
14. Get Hi (ft. B-Real)
15. Hell For It
09/14 Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts
09/15 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
09/16 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
09/17 Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall
09/18 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
09/21 Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon
09/22 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
09/23 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
09/24 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave II
09/25 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09/27 Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
09/28 Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
10/01 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
10/02 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10/04 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
10/05 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
10/06 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
10/07 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
10/08 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
10/11 San Francisco, CA - Regency
10/12 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
10/14 San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
10/15 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
10/16 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
10/17 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10/18 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
10/20 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10/21 Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
10/23 Austin, TX - Emo's
10/25 New Orleans, LA - Republic New Orleans
10/26 Nashville, TN - Exit In
10/27 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10/28 Charlotte, NC - The Underground
10/29 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10/30 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
11/01 Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore Silver Springs
11/02 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
11/03 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
11/04 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/05 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop