Why Was Danny Brown’s ‘Live at the Majestic’ Documentary Shelved?
A true atrocity
The new documentary Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic is an insightful look at one of rap’s great characters, showing Danny Brown’s creative process while recording his Atrocity Exhibition album. Unfortunately, it seems the world may never see it.
The movie was slated for release on November 7 as an Apple Music exclusive, but a series of tweets between Danny Brown and his followers indicates that the doc is “pretty much” shelved, “is not coming out,” and that he’s “crying right now because of it…really hurt about the whole situation.” There’s no word yet on the cause of the cancelled release.
Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic was initially supposed to be exactly what its title suggests: an Andrew Cohn-directed documentary about a night of music at a famous old Detroit theatre. But over the course of a year, while Cohn was filming another documentary in nearby Indiana, he kept making the three-hour drive to see Danny and shoot more footage.
“I edited early footage and sent it to [Danny’s team] Dart [Parker] and Paul Rosenberg and they were like, ‘This is great! Let’s keep going!'” Cohn told MASS APPEAL on Monday, one day before the film’s scheduled release. “It was organic. It wasn’t like a big budget or anything. There were no deadlines. It was just a thing we started doing, Danny was into it, and it was a natural process.”
The movie became a snapshot of a transitional period for Brown: After his initial breakthrough albums The Hybrid and XXX, and subsequent embrace by music festivals and somewhat pandering foray into EDM with Old, Danny was hitting a new wave of inspiration and understanding himself in a new light. He was in a reflective mode as the doc came together, recording his difficult yet excellent Atrocity Exhibition album.
Live at the Majestic is also a movie that prominently features Danny Brown fans, as they give testimonials about how his music lifts them up. That’s likely who’s hurt most of all by this flick not being out in the world.
I deeply apologize I’m super hurt about it thank you for being involved and anything I️ can do just let me know
— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) November 9, 2017
Cohn, Danny Brown and their publicist didn’t immediately respond to interview requests.