Danny Brown talks Talking Heads and Radiohead influence

The rapper says he's been listening to 'A Moon Shaped Pool' while running

Danny Brown has discussed the influence that Talking Heads and Radiohead have had on his upcoming album in a new interview.

The Detroit rapper spoke to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe yesterday about his as-yet-untitled new album, of which the lead single, ‘When It Rain’, dropped yesterday with an accompanying video.

Brown told Lowe that the visuals for ‘When It Rain’ had been inspired by watching the Talking Heads 1984 tour documentary Stop Making Sense. “I really got the idea from this Talking Heads documentary that I saw,” he told the DJ. “I was really into that, and wanted it to look like that.”


Watch the video for ‘When It Rain’ below.

Speaking further on the influence of David Byrne’s iconic band, Brown said that he listened to a lot of Talking Heads while making his new album.

“I was listening [to them] a lot; just studying,” Brown revealed. “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.”

The rapper also spoke about how he’s been listening to and “taking in” the latest Radiohead album, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, saying that it often soundtracks his exercise routine. Revealing that he now runs four or five miles a day, Brown told Lowe that listening to ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ makes him “a little tired” while out running.

Listen to the full interview with Zane Lowe below, via Pitchfork.


Last week, Brown updated his fans on the progress of his fourth album, saying that he is putting the “finishing touches” on the record.

In a post on Instagram, Brown posed in the studio next to producer mixedbyali, writing in the caption that he is “putting the final touches on my next masterpiece”. He goes on to ask his fans – “#Bruisers”, named after his 2011 song ‘Bruiser Brigade’ from the album ‘XXX’ – to “get ready [as] Stanny Crown season is approaching.” See the post below.