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, an artist able to ignite a buzz without calculatedly chasing it down. Yet ask anyone who's been paying attention and they'll tell you: Danny Brown is that dude.

Recording since his teens, 2010 was Danny's breakout year, with his self-released The Hybrid showcasing a hypnotic, unique flow that Pitchfork called "the most peculiarly infectious voice since Dizzee Rascal," while the LA Times praised it for "punch lines like Conan O'Brien if he'd come up selling crack." He built a rabid online fanbase, stole the show on collaborations with everyone from Tony Yayo to Das Racist to the late J Dilla, and covered the Metro Times as the most acclaimed underground Detroit MC since a certain blonde fellow named Marshall. When it came time for Danny to take the next step and find a real home for his new music, it was only right that he would find a perfect fit with Fool's Gold.

"When we first met, we really didn't talk about doing business; we talked about music the whole time," says Danny of what endeared him to Fool's Gold. "That was the illest thing to me, because I sat down with a lot of labels and all we were talking about was, 'How can we make this project work?' and this and that. Fool's Gold was all about being fans of music, and 'How can we make Danny Brown better?' I didn't know they were such huge hip-hop nerds. A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, you think of dance music, but they're real knowledgeable with everything."

"Fool's Gold is thrilled to bring Danny Brown into our family," says A-Trak. "We've been supporting his music on our blog for a long time, so we're fans of his before anything else. Danny Brown represents a return to raw, gritty rap. His skills can't be questioned. He sounds and looks like no one out there, and that's something that appeals to us. We share the same grassroots values, and we can't wait to get behind his new album!"

28-year-old Spanish Harlem rapper Nathaniel DeLa Rosa, better known as Bodega Bamz, has been releasing music steadily for the past few years. Recently his buzz grew to new heights, with the success of his visual for his A$AP Ferg assisted song titled, "Amen," off his Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z. mixtape, Complex TV music video series premiere his "Navy" video, and him performing on the main stage of thee biggest Hip-hop music festive in the nation, Paid Dues. He has work with countless of great innovating artists that has influence the hip hop culture such likes A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant, Flatbush Zombies, Smoke DZA, Black Dave, and A$ton Matthews. Bodega Bamz is one of the new rising New York rappers who is poised to make an impact beyond the underground, and prove New York is still a vibrant hub for new rap talent.

Recently his buzz grew to new heights, thanks in no small part to the visual for his A$AP Ferg assisted banger, "Amen," off his Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z. mixtape (which you can download on his site). With New York stalwarts A$AP Rocky and French Montana successfully transitioning from the streets to fame, Bamz is one of the new rising New York rappers who is poised to make an impact beyond the underground, and prove New York is still a vibrant hub for new rap talent. That is, if all goes according to plan.

All this buzz has fans asking, Who Is Bodega Bamz? We got on the horn with Bamz while he sat in the basement of a building his father is the super of, to talk about his religious upbringing, why he doesn't respect what he calls "Now and Later Rappers," and trying out for a role on Reading Rainbow..

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Danny Brown with Bodega Bamz, ZelooperZ

Tuesday, April 15 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Altar Bar