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Danny Brown on "Really Doe" with Kendrick, Ab-Soul & Earl: "We’re Like the Four Horsemen"

"The guys I looked at as competition are now my friends."
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Danny Brown is sort of like the Kevin Durant of the rap game.

Earlier this summer, NBA superstar Kevin Durant fled the Oklahoma City Thunder in favor of joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors. Durant was less than one month removed from battling the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals when he ultimately decided to leave the Thunder and team up with the competition.

Like Durant, Brown understands the power in joining your competition. In a new interview with EW, Brown was asked by writer Eric Renner Brown how "Really Doe," a posse cut off his forthcoming album Atrocity Exhibition with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt, came to be:

When I was making XXX, my top three rappers—the three guys that I was like, “Damn, I think they might rap better than me”—were Ab-Soul, Kendrick, and Earl. The guys I looked at as competition are now my friends. We’re like the Four Horsemen.

First, can we take a second to appreciate Brown's unflinching honesty? How many emcees would admit, unprompted mind you, that several of their contemporaries might rap better? In order to be successful in the music industry, much like an athlete in professional sports, you need to believe you're the best or among the best. 

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Even if you're at the top of your professional mountain, however, the best way to improve your skill set - in any field - is to surround yourself with the best in the business. When Brown earmarked Kendrick, Soulo and Earl as the best practitioners in his field, common sense told him to reach out to all three to create a record, instead of trying to out-rap Kendrick, out-weird Ab-Soul or out-think Earl Sweatshirt.

"I wanted to have that one classic posse cut," Brown told EW. 

On September 30, we'll find out.

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By DJ Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.

Photo Credit: Instagram

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