On November 7, Apple Music will premiere Live at the Majestic, a documentary, shot over two years time by Emmy-winning director Andrew Cohn, about Danny Brown and his first performance in his native Detroit in several years.
To help promote the project, Brown recently spoke with Complex's Shawn Setaro, and during their conversation, the veteran MC reprimanded the growing number of rappers who unlike Brown—who has been an open about his depression and past drug habit and the negative consequences it had on his life and his career—like to glamorize drug abuse for the sake of entertainment value.
"I've seen the way music affects these people. A lot of this shit, I wouldn't have gotten into it if it wasn't for rap music," Brown told Setaro. "So, I just wanna let people know that people do take shit literally and you gotta just be careful with what you talk about, if you’re not honest. I was talking about what I was doing. A lot of these people are just saying it for entertainment purposes, but you really do have these kids out here trying these drugs. It’s not cool."
Rappers are not required to be role models—unless you're A$AP Rocky, who believes admitting he isn't a role model means he actually is one—but, at the very least, it's important to institute a moral compass. Besides, if an artist encourages his or her young, highly-impressionable fans to abuse drugs and those drugs eventually lead to addiction and death, isn't that counterintuitive to building a long-term base?
With Brown's position now public, he joins several well-known artists who, in recent months, have chosen to speak up against the glorification of "it" drugs like Xanax and lean.
In interviews and on social media, Gucci Mane and Lil Xan, both of whom are former addicts, have denounced their previous drugs of choice, while non-users like SZA, Ty Dolla $ign and Kamaiyah have also made their positions known.