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Hear Danny Brown Reinvent Himself on Stoner Rap Single ‘Change’

The Johnson&Johnson produced track hails from upcoming 'Danny Johnson' LP

It’s fitting that the latest Danny Brown track to his the blogosphere is called “Change,” because it sounds nothing like the famously raunchy Detroit MC’s usual fare. Instead of ratcheting up his voice to a vocal cord-splintering “whaaaa” (which we love), he adopts a heavy-lidded, deep-voiced contemplative flow to match the stoned beats of West Coast production pair Johnson&Johnson (Blu and Mainframe). “Change” originally appeared on It’s a Art, a collection of unreleased tracks Danny dropped on his Tumblr in 2010.

“Too high for rude comments… I’d rather just kick back,” Brown raps. The only indications that this is the same man who dropped the aptly titled XXX last year come via multiple references to blunts, highly specified details from his history in Motor City, and this line: “Smoke a Newport, take a shit, and text your bitch.” Yeah, that’s the Danny we know, even if this is a patently Stones Throw nodder.

This version of the song hails from the upcoming collaborative album Danny Johnson, which has been whispered about since 2010. Johnson&Johnson have previously worked with Miguel, Exile, Gonjasufi and others.