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Pardon The Introduction: Danny Brown Talks Fool's Gold Deal, Adderall And Why His Clothes Are Meaningless

Those unacquainted with the audible stylings of Danny Brown might assume he was of the hipster or frat rap variety. The name is unimaginative, his jeans pledge allegiance to elasticity, and although his hair defies gravityit’s not what you would immediately stamp as ‘fly’. Play that scenario backwards and you’ve got a Detroit-bred emcee whose frantic hollering invokes visions of schoolyard cyphers and filth-laden punchlines that would’ve gotten a laugh out of Big.

He’s the hybrid; a self-proclaimed melting pot that borrows from the East and West, mainstream and underground, the past and the present. And if you were reading any 2010 album of the year lists, many say the future. This year, he’s poised to turn it up another notch by joining the eclectic band of artists at Fool’s Gold, headed by DJ A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs. VIBE caught up with Brown at the label’s retail store opening. Read on to get a glimpse into the curious mind of one of hip-hop’s most versatile. —Rek

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VIBE: When did you start rapping exactly?

Danny Brown: I've been rapping my whole life. I rapped at my fifth grade graduation. I was rapping in kindergarten. But just because you know how to rap, don't mean you know how to write songs. It don't mean you know how to work in the studios.

 What made you take it serious?

Going to jail. Before I got locked up, I was on probation and I wasn't hustling no more. That's when I was learning song patterns and listening to all types of music, trying to figure the shit out. I eventually got caught up again and got locked up, but when I got out after a year, it's been non-stop. It happened from 2008 to now, just putting out stuff on the internet non-stop.

 Your homies were telling you to not squander your talent?

It was more so me, a lot of people don't believe shit.

 You signed to Fool's Gold not too long ago, what made you decide to sign with them?

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Wiloughby said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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Andre 3000 Stars In New Space Thriller 'High Life'

A new space thriller is coming to theaters this year. Andre 3000 will star in the new film alongside Twilight's Robert Pattinson in High Life, and the first trailer looks pretty intense.

The feature focuses on a group of criminals who are coerced into a mission to travel towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source. They are also forced to undergo sexual experiments while in outer space. The 2-minute preview features Pattinson and Andre 3000 as they struggle to survive on the spaceship.

High Life originally premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. 2018. It received positive reviews from numerous film critics.

"High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis," Rotten Tomatoes said of the film.

The film is written and directed by Claire Denis. High Life will hit theaters on Apr. 12. Watch the new trailer in the video above.

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