Danny Brown listens to Kendrick Lamar, recently telling Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, "He's one of my favorites, to me, he's the best," but when it comes to modern hip-hop acts, that's about it.
"I don't even listen to rap music anymore at this point," Brown says. "Like, an album come out I'll listen to it and I'll like it, but..."
But if Brown isn't steady listening to rap music, what is he listening to?
"Podcasts," he says, laughing. "It's the future."
Brown is far from the first notable rap artist to claim he doesn't listen to rap music. In 2008, Kanye hilariously told DJ Semtex, "I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in," and in 2012, 2 Chainz toldThe FADER, "For me, on my off time, I never listen to rap."
It's not entirely surprising to hear that some rappers don't listen to hip-hop—the more music an artist listens to in their own genre, the greater the likelihood that their future material will subconsciously be influenced by it—but it is somewhat discouraging considering the power veteran artists have in hip-hop to lift up and co-sign younger, fresh talent in their field.