A lot has changed since rapper Danny Brown started holding his annual Bruiser Thanksgiving concerts in Detroit a decade ago, and much of that is reflected in Brown’s latest record, Forty.
Recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, the name of the record is a pun on the word “quarantine” and also on the Italian word for “40”. (Brown is 42 now.) And departing from the manic, drug-fueled pace of his past work, the tone of Forty is dark and introspective. (Brown has also gotten sober in recent years.)
“That rap shit saved my life and fucked it up at the same time,” he says on the opening track.
It seems, however, that Brown feels drawn to music. Forty follows the joint album he released with Baltimore-based JPEGMAFIA earlier this year, Scare the whores. This year’s Bruiser Thanksgiving serves as the final stop of the duo’s sold-out tour, with many special guests expected as well.
It’s also apparently the last. “FINAL BRUISER THANKSGIVING THIS WEDDING IN THE D,” Brown wrote on Instagram on Monday.
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