Warp – October 4th
Has Danny Brown grown up? It’s easy to think so. Laced with features from Run The Jewels, Obongjayar and Blood Orange, uknowhatimsayin¿ has a maturity to it unlike previous releases from the American rapper. Usually recognised by his use of heavy beats and explicit lyrics, Brown has veered into making mellow, jazz-infused tracks for his fifth album. This is particularly obvious in ‘Negro Spiritual’ featuring JPEGMAFIA and produced by Flying Lotus, a collab that could’ve been explosive, but instead feels nonchalant and funky. Nevertheless, Brown maintains his cheeky lyrical storytelling, as the Q-Tip-produced single ‘Dirty Laundry’ has lines like, “So we did the humpty hump in a Burger King bathroom,” to show he’s still got that signature subversive streak under a misleadingly cleaned-up guise.