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826 is a national nonprofit organization co-founded by author Dave Eggers that promotes reading and writing skills in students aged 6-to-18. At this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, 826CHI sent a handful of students to interview Danny Brown before his performance. They’ve now published the entirety of the interview. Brown, to his credit, kept things family friendly.
On which rapper, living or dead, he would collaborate with:
I guess I would pick a dead one since that would be cooler. Mac Dre from Oakland, I like him a lot.
On what advice he would give his 18-year old self:
Don’t listen to nobody but yourself because that’s who ends up being up right at the end of the day. Everyone could tell me what I couldn’t do but no one could told me what I could do except myself. So once I started believing in myself that’s when stuff started happening, so I would just tell myself don’t listen to nobody man, just listen to yourself.
On how much of his music is autobiographical:
I’d say 75%. Sometimes I exaggerate stuff for entertainment purposes because I like to make people laugh, but for the most part 75%.
Read the full thing here.
Read “Top Underdog”, our feature from last year on Brown.
Watch Brown on an episode of Pitchfork.tv’s “Over/Under”: