Jonah Hill directed a surreal, graphic video for Danny Brown
Danny Brown enters a sitcom (a very, very dark sitcom) in his new music video for “Ain’t It Funny,” directed by Jonah Hill — yes, Jonah Hill.
Brown teased the collaboration in a tweet posted Monday that simply read “DANNY BROWN X JONAH HILL,” a seeming reference to Hill’s title proposal, Jump Street x Men in Black, for a 21 Jump Street and Men in Black franchise mashup.
The video dropped Tuesday and features Gus Van Sant, Joanna Kerns, Lauren Avery, “this f—ing kid,” and Brown playing the members of one troubled family. Brown’s Uncle Danny character is struggling with drug problems, which everyone thinks is worth laughing about. “I’m f—ed up and everyone thinks it’s a joke,” he says at one point, a 40-ounce malt liquor in hand.
Later, a giant version of a Xanax bar tells Uncle Danny, “We’ll kill you and everyone you love” before it stabs him in the stomach, leaving him to bleed out on the floor as a studio audience roars with laughter.
“Ain’t It Funny” is off Brown’s 2016 album Atrocity Exhibition. Watch the (occasionally bloody) video above.