This past weekend I saw Danny Brown perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park, and I was not feeling it. I spent half the set cross-legged on the ground, scoping for rolling papers, trying to distract myself from the grating and repugnant timbre of his voice. I like Danny Brown. At least, I think I do. I’m drawn to the shrill-toned rapper for all the same reasons that I disdain him, and it severely confuses me. But this day-old, behemoth of a collaboration with the Glasgow-based electronic producer Rustie is Danny Brown‘s saving grace.
“Attak” starts full-force and furious. Rampant and otherworldly fire-alarm synths lay the groundwork for Danny Brown‘s vicious and endearingly ambitious lyrical assaults. There’s a few lines towards the two-minute marker (like “Fuck around/ Hocus pocus,” “See a big bitch/Stay focused”) when his odious cawing buckles under the weight of steely, sordid aggression. In wild contrast to the bulk of his catalogue, the rapper doesn’t seem befuddled or fucked up: He sounds legitimately angry, and it’s absolutely brilliant. Watch DB perform “Monopoly” at Pitchfork Festival below.