It’s hard to imagine anyone being even remotely as energetic and exuberant than Danny Brown, but his fellow Bruiser Brigadier Dopehead is living proof. In fact, he might be even more energized than Danny. Though the video for “Dat Choppa” is pretty standard visually, Dopehead is endlessly compelling, transforming stairways, corner stores and rooftops into scenes of maximum fun. But he’s not working alone. Resident Bruiser Brigade producer SKYWLKR also puts in work, combining relentless, chaotic synths with patient bass and well-timed snares. The result is both breathless and intimidating, even with Dopehead‘s funny lines and delivery.
Dopehead‘s new album as a whole is worth a listen. He and Danny Brown have similar affects, but they’re cousins and they’ve been rapping together for over a decade, so there’s no imitation or mimicry, just some natural slight overlap. Still, Dopehead has a mercilessness that you’re not going to find in a Danny Brown song. Even the way he shouts “Bruiser!” in his ad-libs has a brutality to it that’s totally his own. Download the tape here and watch “Dat Choppa” below.
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