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“Let’s face it. What I’m doing isn’t really vandalism,” Jay Shells tells ANIMAL after a weekend of putting his site-specific Rap Quotes around Philadelphia. “But the questionably legal act of installing signs became trickiest around City Hall and the Liberty Bell where an abundance of bored security guards are waiting to flex on a smart ass like me.” But he got it done. […]

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No one was prepared for Danny Brown’s XXX, a five-star, perfect ten, best-of-decade contender that instantly became one of my favorite records ever. Coming off eight full-length mixtapes and one LP, Danny Brown achieved something he’d aimed toward his entire career, yet for a mainstream audience, XXX was the perfect debut. He has two separate […]

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Kids songs suck… But not when they’re covered by your favorite musical acts like sort of Grimes, Vampire Weekend and Danny Brown! That’s why ANIMAL made you this… “Indie Kidz Songs” — the best music compilation for kids OF ALL TIME [recently] featuring timeless children’s classics covered by very cool indie rock bands, hip rappers and […]

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Here’s “ODB,” the video and first single from OLD, the forthcoming album from Detroit bruiser Danny Brown. If you’ve been following Danny at all (and of course you have), you pretty much know what to expect, and “ODB” doesn’t disappoint. Unsurprisingly for a first single, it’s in the vein of the bugged-out, drug-happy first half of breakout […]

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“1 Train,” the most hotly anticipated track from A$AP Rocky’s forthcoming Long. Live. A$AP., dropped today, and the result–a six-minute posse cut featuring Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., and Joey Bada$$–mostly delivers on its promise. It isn’t quite on the level of “The Last Huzzah” as far as capturing the current […]

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In his last video, Danny Brown turned into a spitting-image childhood version of himself, right down to the crooked teeth and asymmetrical haircut. Now, in the new clip for “Sweet,” Detroit’s finest is morphing into all manner of cartoon character, rapping along as he changes from Porky Pig to Pac-Man to Big Bad Wolf. Oh, […]

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