Danny Brown on David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’: “He died for this. This is his life right here.”

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Brown says 'Blackstar' is his album of the year

Danny Brown has named David Bowie‘s ‘Blackstar’ as his album of the year, stating that he can relate to Bowie and how much of his life he put into his music.

Brown recently released ‘Atrocity Exhibition’, the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Old’. The new album features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt (all appear on lead single ‘Really Doe’).

Speaking to Pitchfork, Brown said that ‘Blackstar’ is “fucking creepy”, stating that “it scares the shit out of [him]”. “And those videos. Fuck,” he continued. “I kind of relate to it, to him. When you put that much of your life into music, can’t nobody ever take that — you can’t rate that. You can’t review this. He died for this. This is his life right here.”

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He continues: “When people talk about the best albums of the year, I be like, ‘Y’all don’t realized Bowie’s album came out this year and he fucking died? What is y’all talking about?’ We should hands-down know what the best album of this year is. Shouldn’t be talk of nothing else.”

Back in June, Brown revealed that he’d drawn influence for his album ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ from listening to Radiohead’s ‘A Moon-Shaped Pool’ and Talking Heads.

“I was listening to [Talking Heads] a lot; just studying,” Brown told Zane Lowe on his Beats One show. “I actually read about them before I [properly] started listening to their music – I’d heard a lot of their songs, but sometimes it was like stuff that you can’t really identify with. I really liked their approach and how they brought [‘Stop Making Sense’] to you visually is what I’m really intrigued by. David Byrne’s a legend, you know what I’m saying? I look up to people like that, and I’m trying to incorporate that into rap music.”