ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Danny Brown, Atrocity Exhibition- reflections on desire

Updated on August 30, 2017

Schadenfreude

It feels good to feel better than someone else, doesn’t it? I mean I might be overgeneralizing based on personal experience, but I know that self-righteous ecstacy that follows when condemning the actions of those society have universally classed as heathens, too well. Schadenfreude- German word- literally means to laugh at another’s misfortune. Schadenfreude can feel amazing.

Funny thing though, the effect of Schadenfreude is dulled when the heathens don’t fight back or even flinch at our finger pointing. This is why- and this is mostly speculation- a horribly untapped resource lies in the stories of unapologetic heathens. Reason probably being that a story is less marketable when the moral of said story is- I don’t care what you think.

Our heathen of the hour is the ever-Eccentric Danny Brown and the story, the aptly named-Atrocity Exhibition.

It feels good to be better than someone else

The wolf of wall street
The wolf of wall street | Source

The artistic movement of excess

“But what was wrong with that? They were drunk on youth, fuelled by greed and higher than kites.” Jordan Belfort.

Writers Evan Puschak, and Izzy Black coined the term the new cinema of excess, to describe the films: The wolf of wall street and Spring breakers. Both films follow protagonists who hurt people, have fun doing it, then go home. That’s it, there’s no reveal that elaborates on how their actions were wrong all along or how you should “stay away from drugs kids.” The camera just lingers on these moments and then the movie ends. Wolf of wall street even notoriously had the character the film was based on appear in the movie to audience applause. Both movies are two of my favourite movies of the past decade, and Atrocity Exhibition, captures the ideas of both these movies on an album.

Aesthetically, this album sounds nasty- in every wonderful sense of the word. Paul White (the producer) crafts an immersive, industrial, noisy and pulsating rhythm that fuels the album for Danny Browns’ intense, shrieking voice to cut through like a freshly welded blade. The lyrics are toxic, intensely descriptive montages only the medium of rap could musically carry. All for what service (not glorification, like a lot of viewers of wolf of wall street seemed to think, inspiring an undeserved hatred of that movie) to tell a story. An uncomfortably revealing story, but a story nonetheless.

Evan Puschak

Look what you're drowning in the eye

So what is the moral of this story- I don’t care what you think. I should probably add here that a lot of the readers of this article will probably hate this album for the same reason I love it. This album paints elaborate acts of debauchery without glorifying or condemning them, it just lingers on them- uncomfortably. And like a car accident, something inside forces you to listen, wait for some gloriously condescending conclusion; a moral to the fairy tale. The moral is never given, the album just lingers- and it hurts, and I love it.

The beauty of Atrocity Exhibition is that even hating it is a profound experience. Maybe I’m generalizing again, but Atrocity exhibition is brilliant because listen enough times and the voice yelping at you begins to sound familiar. Eventually, listening to this album started feeling like meeting a reflection of myself. A version of the self I still catch myself using various techniques to drown- can’t afford being the victim of all that finger pointing. Atrocity Exhibition is a testament to the stories of unapologetic heathens, because only they can help identify that ultimately you have the potential and ultimately desire to be just like them. Within us desires scream for air, it’s at least useful to look what we are collectively drowning in the eye. But ultimately who cares, I’m just an unapologetic heathen.

Atrocity Exhibition, if you're interested

The wolf of wall street, better every viewing

© 2017 Samuel

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)