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In anticipation for his London show with Rustie and Mark Ronson this Saturday as part of the XOYO Loves series, we run through five essential tracks featuring everyone’s new favourite Detroit rapper, Danny Brown

The high-pitched one has had his fair share of controversy – being on the receiving end of a blowjob midway through a gig, walking out on a Guardian interview because he didn’t like the scotch egg being presented to him (or maybe he wondered why a national paper was interviewing him about food) – but what’s remained constant is his ability to be a one man party. He’s obsessed with MDMA, Heineken and the ladies, and he’s also seemingly managed to worm his way as a featuring artist on every other track over the past few years.

Below are our five favourite Danny Brown Feat. tracks – he also seems to have a knack for getting involved with visually appealing projects. We know we’ve missed out a few tunes here, but five is a rudimentary number and we can’t spend all day watching Danny Brown videos, can we? [No – Ed.] Check out the full line up for Saturday’s event over HERE.

Busdriver – Ego Death ft. Aesop Rock, Danny Brown

Accompanied by a psychedelic dystopian clip directed by Brainfeeder’s Strangeloop, this edgy Busdriver tune (as in actually sort of puts you on the edge) is strangely engrossing, and probably as accessible as he’s got since his budding film-maker trolling ‘Wernor Herzog’.

Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire ft. Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown, EL-P – The Last Huzzah (Remix)

Something of a ‘Best Of’ grouping since the sudden stardom of Brown and El-P (whose Run The Jewels partner Killer Mike sticks to playing heavy here).

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – SIX DEGREES Ft. Danny Brown

If jazz band BADBADNOTGOOD collaborating with Ghostface Killah wasn’t (surprising) enough, then the lead track featuring Danny Brown has definitely whetted our appetites for the full record.

Rustie – Attak ft. Danny Brown

One of the better recieved tunes from Rustie’s Green language album, let’s hope Saturday sees them hit the stage together…

Danny Brown – Float On feat. Charli XCX

So I know this is Charli XCX featuring, not the other way round, but we make the rules OK? Also, it’s nice to hear Brown in more relaxed, reflective mode.

Words: Nicholas Burman
Image from Krent Bale’s comic ‘Simply Danny’

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