Today’s effort is the Detroit rapper’s fifth to date and follows Atrocity Exhibition from 2016. Out via Warp Records, the effort features executive production from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, marking the first time the veteran rapper has served in such a role since Mobb Deep’s 1995 album The Infamous.
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“There was no room for error. Q-Tip wanted me to go back to that ‘Greatest Rapper Ever’ era,” Brown said of his studio time spent with the ATCQ member. “I almost had to relearn how to rap again — an ego death type thing. He gave me this whole new outlook on music. I can’t go back to how I was before.”
“Dirty Laundry” and “Best Life” were among the early singles off uknowhatimsayin¿, as well as “3 Tearz”, which boasts guest bars from Run the Jewels and additional production from JPEGMAFIA. Other notable contributors to the album include Blood Orange, Flying Lotus, Paul White, Standing on the Corner, and Obongjayar.
Brown has lined up a North American headlining tour this season to support the new LP. You can purchase concert tickets here.
01. Change Up
02. Theme Song
03. Dirty Laundry
04. 3 Tearz (feat. Run The Jewels)
05. Belly of the Beast (feat. Obongjayar)
06. Savage Nomad
07. Best Life
09. Negro Spiritual (feat. JPEGMAFIA)
10. Shine (feat. Blood Orange)