Really Doe (Danny Brown song)

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"Really Doe"
Single by Danny Brown featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt
from the album Atrocity Exhibition
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2016
GenreHip hop
Producer(s)Black Milk
Danny Brown singles chronology
"Really Doe"
"Ain't It Funny"
Kendrick Lamar singles chronology
"Really Doe"
"Don't Wanna Know"
Ab-Soul singles chronology
"Illest Nigga Ever"
"Really Doe"
"Huey Knew THEN"
Earl Sweatshirt singles chronology
"Really Doe"

"Really Doe" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Danny Brown, released as the third single from his fourth studio album, Atrocity Exhibition (2016).[1][2] It was produced by Black Milk, and features additional verses from fellow American rappers Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt, with the hook sung by Lamar.[3][4] It was released on September 20, 2016 by Warp Records.[5][6][7]


In an interview with NPR, Danny Brown said:[8]

Me and Kendrick always talked about doing stuff, and I had the idea to get K.Dot and Earl together …but first I got me and Ab-Soul. And then one day when I was mixing the album with Ali, K.Dot snuck in and just laced it. I had to be patient and wait on Earl, but it was all worth it you know because Hip-Hop needs that posse cut. We just wanna make the best possible song cause we know the hype on paper. I know it’s gonna satisfy, my feet is up.

In April 2020, during a Twitch stream, Brown detailed his falling out with Ab-Soul after discovering that the track wasn’t just the two of them. According to Brown, Ab-Soul subsequently removed Brown’s verse from the song “Huey Knew THEN” and replaced him with fellow American rapper Da$H. During the stream, Brown also revealed that he initially didn’t intend for anyone to be on the song: “‘Really Doe’ was a song that was done. It was never a posse cut,” he said, explaining that Kendrick Lamar recorded on the track while Brown was out in Los Angeles working with TDE’s MixedByAli. Brown originally had two verses on “Really Doe,” and had wanted Lamar on a different track: “If you listen to that song… I feel like he set up to body me. That’s how I looked at it.” He would go on and turn it into a posse cut including Earl Sweatshirt. Ab-Soul later expressed his displeasure in a tweet that read “Originally ‘Really doe’ was just me n Danny. Had I known we were having company I would've used a different cadence,” referring to how he wrote his verse to compliment Brown’s own verse. Brown also detailed how he had trouble sequencing the verses on “Really Doe” after many of his friends and collaborators claimed Earl Sweatshirt’s verse was “trash” in comparison to the others: “Everybody felt like Kendrick’s verse should go last,” he said. “You know me, I’m a battle rap fan. I’m a rapper fan… Earl bodied all of us.”[9][10]

Release and promotion[edit]

On September 19, 2016, Peter Rosenberg of New York City-based radio station Hot 97, premiered "Really Doe", after given permission from Danny Brown.[11][12] "Really Doe" was later released as the album's third and final single via digital distribution on September 20.[13][14] In an interview, Brown revealed that Kendrick Lamar was responsible for the creation of "Really Doe."[15] On November 1, 2016, a lyric video for "Really Doe" was released. It features clips of live performances from each artist while the lyrics scroll up the screen.

Critical reception[edit]

"Really Doe" received critical acclaim from contemporary music critics. The song was chosen upon release as Pitchfork's "Best New Track". Sheldon Pearce stated that, "They rip with reckless abandon. Though they each have their own particular methods—Danny bawls out quick-striking and unorthodox zingers, Ab-Soul imparts stoner wisdom through careful pronunciations, Kendrick winds knotty head-scratchers, and Earl packs dense wordplay in carefully unspooling schemes—they work well as a group, filling the crags of Milk's thwacking production with kinetic flows. "They say I got the city on fire," Kendrick crows on the hook—and honestly, that applies to pretty much everyone here."[16]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[17]
1."Really Doe" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)5:19

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States September 19, 2016 Radio premiere Warp [11][12]
September 20, 2016 Digital download



  1. ^ Geslani, Michelle (2016-09-19). "Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, and Ab-Soul team on "Really Doe" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  2. ^ Reed, Ryan (2016-09-19). "Hear Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar on Gritty New Song 'Really Doe'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  3. ^ McCormick, Luke (2016-09-19). "Listen To Danny Brown's "Really Doe," Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, And Earl Sweatshirt". The Fader. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  4. ^ Stutz, Colin (2016-09-19). "Danny Brown Drops Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt & Ab Soul Collab 'Really Doe': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom (2016-09-19). "Danny Brown – "Really Doe" (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, & Ab-Soul)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  6. ^ Yoo, Noah (2016-09-19). "Hear Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, and Ab-Soul on New Song "Really Doe"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  7. ^ Hooton, Christopher (2016-09-19). "Listen to Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt and Ab Soul all on one track, 'Really Doe'". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-09-23.
  8. ^ P, Mr. (19 September 2016). "Danny Brown - "Really Doe" (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt)". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Danny Brown on Why He Felt Kendrick Lamar 'Set up to Body Me' on Early Version of "Really Doe"". Complex Networks.
  10. ^ "Danny Brown Says Drama over "Really Doe" Made Ab-Soul Remove Him from "Huey Knew Then"".
  11. ^ a b "Hear Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, and Ab-Soul on New Song "Really Doe"". Pitchfork. 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  12. ^ a b SPIN (2016-09-19). "Danny Brown Unleashes New Song "Really Doe" Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul". SPIN. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  13. ^ "Really Doe (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt) - Single by Danny Brown on Apple Music". 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  14. ^ Reed, Ryan (2016-09-19). "Hear Danny Brown, Kendrick Lamar on Gritty New 'Really Doe'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  15. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Created Danny Brown's "Really Doe" Single - DJBooth Article". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  16. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (20 September 2016). ""Really Doe" [ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt] by Danny Brown Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Really Doe by Danny Brown on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved September 19, 2016.

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