Since the release of his ‘XXX’ album back in 2011, things have been moving along nicely for Detroit rapper Danny Brown.
A number of hilarious viral interviews – including his legendary back-and-forth with A$AP Rocky that landed the pair on comedian Kathy Griffin's late-night talk show – cemented Brown as one of the blogosphere's most prolific artists of 2012; despite the fact that he only released one solo single, 'Grown Up', and a number of notable guest features.
When he pulls up in a golf buggy, alongside producer and tour DJ SKYWLKR, to meet Clash backstage at Parklife, his instantly recognisable image has heads turning everywhere. With his iconic Sideshow-Bob-like hairstyle planted on his tall, skinny frame, dressed all in black, he complains about the heat. So we find a corner of grass out of the way, where he throws a white towel over his head, masking his identity.
Before we begin the interview, Danny shows us his newly acquired Action Bronson G-Pen and sets down a purple liquid, housed in two large Starbucks takeaway cups stacked together, between his legs. He fumbles around with a cigarette, looking for a lighter – passed to him by his manager – before looking up, ready to begin.