Danny Brown has never been shy about his relationship with drugs and depression, but his lurid new album Atrocity Exhibition is a next level confessional. It still gets lots of burn around here, but the Evian Christ-produced ear worm “Pneumonia” was always a standout from the jump. The clang of the beat and Brown’s story of besting the system and *still* popping pills is a vivid peek at his swirling mind eerily similar to his story from 2013’s “Wonderbread”:
“Momma found some racks in some dirty jeans/Told her keep the money, take ’em to the cleaners/Threesome watched how this dick came between them/Licked the clit and she did the Macarena/Crib in the forest, deer in my yard/’07, I got locked up on a charge/Now a nigga got four bank cards/Looking like a nigga gotta thank God”
“Geeked up, geeked up, pop a pill just like Mike and Ikes/Head sent me straight to the moon with a mac tonight/Running low on alcohol, nigga gotta make a call/Stay afloat, try not to choke”
The video for “Pneumonia,” which just dropped this morning (October 13) via Thrasher, amplifies that paranoia with Danny made into a puppet by chains; dragged, hung, and dropped at a moment’s notice while images of former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush flash in the background. He even addresses the masses himself as a suit on a fuzzy TV screen.
The paranoia and hanging influence of The War On Drugs is put on full blast in this video, which you can check out above.