In news that’s much more exciting than that time Roald Dahl released a gangsta rap album, Danny Brown has revealed that he’s in the process of writing an honest to goodness children’s book.
As the Detroit MC explains, the as-yet-untitled book is about “self-esteem in black girls,” with Brown crafting a story that celebrates both self confidence and a positive body image. “You know how black women do so much — process their hair, change their eye color — it’s really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realizes she’s just better off the way she is.”
For such heartwarming fare, Brown has found inspiration in both his own 13-year-old daughter and one particularly celebrated children’s author: “I want it to be real Dr. Seuss-y,” he said. “The Grinch, Green Eggs And Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish — what was going on in that guy’s brain to be able to write those things?” If anyone else thinks that’s a bit of pot-meets-kettle, Brown’s well aware of his Seuss-ian creative bent, adding, “I think I am Dr. Seuss! I’m The Grinch, I’m all his characters come to life in rap music.”
Work on the book has apparently been going on for some time, a process that’s been delayed recently as Brown begins work on the follow-up to 2013’s Old. Brown’s been “recording like a maniac” in recent months, working with producers like The Alchemist, Paul White, and SKYWLKR. He’s also taken to holding sessions in his new Detroit condo, which is home to chipmunks, squirrels, and even a raccoon. If that doesn’t sound like another potential kid’s book, then I don’t know what does.
Check out the rap game Dr. Seuss in action below.