My love for Danny Brown and Paul White’s collaborative relationship is well-documented, so when Paul announced that he had a couple new Danny tracks that would be incorporated into an EP called Accelerator, my hopes were high for some spastic raps over equally outrageous production.
Today (February 8), White released the first of those two tracks, “Accelerator,” in the form of a new music video, and it turns out my wish for some batshit-crazy music was granted.
Seriously, holy shit. This video and song are insane.
Visually and sonically, “Accelerator” is a slap in the face from the jump. The video kicks off with a brief explanation of a pretty straightforward premise—an unnamed man has, quite literally, lost his mind, and his anthropomorphized brain has apparently escaped his cranium, only to be found enjoying a pint at the local pub.
We get only a brief moment of “okay this is weird, but I can follow along” before White’s frenzied, psyched-out instrumental begins and all hell breaks loose, both for the man chasing his gray matter around the city and for our ears.
Paul’s production on “Accelerator” sounds like he talked Danny Brown into donating his entire supply of Adderall to the Flaming Lips, threw them into the booth, and hit record. As usual, Danny keeps pace with Paul’s frenetic instrumental with a hyperactive delivery, reminding us that at any moment, Danny could ditch hip-hop forever and be a perfectly successful punk frontman.
Both the track and video reach a crescendo as the unnamed man engages in a physical altercation with his personified encephalon in the bedroom of a prostitute, set to a psychedelic breakdown in Paul’s instrumental. We get one more round of Danny’s punked-out hook before the man vs. brain fight ends along with the track...oh and surprise, the guy’s heart jumps out of his chest.
Not only does “Accelerator” provide the pinnacle of Danny and Paul’s shared weirdness, both the song and video—true to the record's name—are an adrenaline rush through and through.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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