Danny Brown

Danny Brown

In an era of industry-obsessed MCs, interchangeable hashtag raps, and "viral" everything, it has become increasingly difficult to find a true original in the rap game. Yet ask anyone who's been paying attention and they'll tell you: Danny Brown is that dude. In 2011 the Motor City MC teamed up with Fool's Gold Records and released XXX, a tour-de-force concept record about hedonism, growing up, and Detroit, which took listeners on a profane and psychedelic journey through his own uncensored id. After a year of universal critical acclaim - from Spin naming XXX Rap Album Of The Year to Danny covering the Metro Times and Real Detroit in the same week as their Artist Of The Year - Danny continues to spread his irreverent gospel worldwide with extensive touring and even more unrestrained, unstoppable rhymes.

You know that girl at that party who is being kind of annoying but it's like whatever she's probably drunk and looking for attention so we'll engage her in conversation because it's amusing and she'll probably embarrass herself by telling way too much about her personal life? It's like that kinda, except she turns out to be really creepy and makes you never want to talk to her again.

Michael Penn II, otherwise known as CRASHprez, is a Washington, D.C.-born, P.G. County, Maryland-bred 18-year old MC, spoken word artist, producer, and audio engineer. He began recording music in the basement of his home at the age of 14 years old using a USB microphone and the family computer. Now six projects deep, CRASH has evolved into a diverse and seasoned writer who is unafraid of expressing his emotions or opinions through witty wordplay, sharpened sarcasm, and a darkened style of humor.

His subject matter is polished enough to walk the tightrope between stand-up comedy and cynical social commentary, yet rebellious enough to break hip-hop’s boundaries while pondering their existence in the first place. He is one of the founding members of the Kool Klux Klan hip-hop collective based in the DMV area and a member of the newly-founded Grammy Family hip-hop collective.

CRASH is no stranger to the spoken word scene as well. He has frequented local open mic scenes since the age of 14. He began slamming as a member of the Creative Writing Alliance which led to him becoming a member of the 2010 Maryland All-Stars Youth Slam Team at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam in Los Angeles, CA. More recently, he was a member of UW-Madison’s 2012 Slam Team at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in La Verne, CA.

CRASH has also excelled in his personal pursuit of knowledge; he is currently on scholarship for his accomplishments in artistry and academia under the First Wave Urban Arts scholarship program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while pursuing a degree in journalism. Now a sophomore in college, CRASH is currently spending time perfecting his blend of hip-hop between study sessions and the daily grind of student life.

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