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Danny Brown Doesn’t Dis, He Dismisses on Icky Thumper ‘#HottestMC’

A vivid psych-rap retort to MTV's annual list-making

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // March 6, 2013

This is how the hottest MC acts. Danny Brown might not land the No. 1 spot in MTV’s annual list of the top rappers (he landed at No. 7 on SPIN’s REAL Hottest MCs list), but his filthy, psyched-out new track “#HottestMC” certainly shows everybody else how to qualify for such a title. Kanye West haughtily whines to Hot 97 about how he should at least be top five. Brown does what hot MCs do: spit fire. “Rhymes so real thought I wrote it in Janis Joplin’s vomit / With the mic GG Allin wiped his ass with,” he boasts, his vocal timbre swinging from hyena-high to goblin-low. The hypnotically droning loop, courtesy of producer Harry Fraud, is a sample from Amorphous Androgynous, the Future Sound of London spin-off project that early last year teamed up with former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. “That song wasn’t to diss nobody,” tweeted Brown. “I just wanted to show niggas I can think of a #Bar or 2 lol.” 

He’s prepping Old, the follow-up to 2011’s stunning XXX, and the evidence here suggests just about every bar will be hotter than that ‘Ye line about some basketball player and a born-rich reality-TV star.