Danny Brown - "The Fields"
The final twelve minutes of XXX is the most impressive sequence of rap music released since The Coup's magnificent trilogy of 'Fat Cats, Bigga Fish', 'Pimps (Freestyling at the Fortune 500 Club)', and 'Takin These'. While Danny doesn't employ the type of seamless transitional interludes found on Genocide and Juice, each song successfully builds on the overall narrative he's attempting to illustrate. By the time the chaotic drums and wonky synths of the title track begin to trail off, the listener has established a genuine relationship with the author. The album's tail end functions as a brief autobiography, celebrating enduring struggle and abrupt triumph lodged between humble origins and an inevitable rock star departure. This journey is anchored by 'The Fields', which shifts from early nineties period piece to a poignant observation of the current incessant economic slump The Hybrid has been fortunate enough to narrowly escape. The hook is genius in its simplicity, insinuating every homeowner in his community is a single mishap away from facing foreclosure. This environment of uncertainty is what inspired Danny Brown to create the most ambitious album in recent memory.