The first day I met Danny Brown at home, reporting for his cover story in FADER #78, was the same day Dizzee Rascal released his DirteeTV.com mixtape, and one of my first notes was Brown shouting out one of the tape's stars: "Footsie is the shit! Footsie is that nigga!" Brown's general rap delivery and the way he folds hooks into his songs shows a connoisseurship of grime, and he's a known fan of British rap—he once told Noz that Dizzee was his Beatles, and, before rapping over a Joker beat for Pitchfork last December, spoke of his respect for UK producer/vocalist Darq E Freaker. It's just one song, but this collaboration, as premiered by Noisey, feels almost like a relief, the final arrival of something Brown's basically built for: wreaking havoc in London. The full single is out now, streaming below and released by Southern Hospitality, also features incredible remixes by Sinden and 5kinandbone5, Star Slinger and Morris.
April 30, 2012