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Coming out of Detroit, Danny Brown has gone from blog-friendly mixtape rapper to legitimate star in just a few short years. Now he's signed to A-Trak and Nick Catchdub's Fool's Gold Records, and Old is his third full-length (following The Hybrid and XXX). It's his first with major-label backing and officially for sale in stores. One of the most unusual, nontraditional emcees in the game right now, Brown has two distinct vocal styles: one mellow and laid-back, the other high-pitched and hyperactive. The songs here are also of the split-personality type; half are serious, darkly introspective, and thought-provoking ("The Return" with Freddie Gibbs, "Gremlins"), while the other half are spazzed-out let's-get-wasted-and-party anthems that wouldn't sound out of place on a LMFAO record ("Smokin & Drinkin," "Handstand"). The production—from Oh No, SKYWLKR, Frank Dukes, and BadBadNotGood—is heavy on the freaky electronics, while vocal features come from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and others. If you're already a Danny Brown fan, you're gonna love this.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Coming out of Detroit, Danny Brown has gone from blog-friendly mixtape rapper to legitimate star in just a few short years. Now he's signed to A-Trak and Nick Catchdub's Fool's Gold Records, and Old is his third full-length (following The Hybrid and XXX). It's his first with major-label backing and officially for sale in stores. One of the most unusual, nontraditional emcees in the game right now, Brown has two distinct vocal styles: one mellow and laid-back, the other high-pitched and hyperactive. The songs here are also of the split-personality type; half are serious, darkly introspective, and thought-provoking ("The Return" with Freddie Gibbs, "Gremlins"), while the other half are spazzed-out let's-get-wasted-and-party anthems that wouldn't sound out of place on a LMFAO record ("Smokin & Drinkin," "Handstand"). The production—from Oh No, SKYWLKR, Frank Dukes, and BadBadNotGood—is heavy on the freaky electronics, while vocal features come from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and others. If you're already a Danny Brown fan, you're gonna love this.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

697 Ratings

Album of the Year

Hula moo,

Danny put together a legendary hip hop classic. This has everything you want in a hip hop album. Starts with Side A: tracks with that old school hip hop vibe which was more evident on The Hybrid than XXX. Then you enter Side B: bangers. Simple as that. Unbelievably entertaining party music.
Overall, I couldn't find a single track I didn't love. Danny brought all of his musical knowledge and eclectic taste into this album and it worked perfectly.
10/10

YEAH BOY!!!! Cant Wait

chumlee420,

BRUISER... That's my crew. BRUISER... But don't forget the brew..

About Danny Brown

Detroit rapper Danny Brown embraced his unique hood/hipster personality, took full advantage of social media, and -- fueled by his experiences with drug dealing and drug taking, as well as a wicked sense of humor -- delivered some of the most vivid, vulgar, and side-splitting rhymes of his era. Brown (real last name: Sewell) surfaced during the mid-2000s as a member of Reser'vor Dogs. The group advanced far enough to get the attention of the Roc-A-Fella label. A deal was not struck, but an A&R rep assisted Brown with the recording and release of a mixtape, Detroit State of Mind. New York recording sessions placed him in the company of several contemporaries, including G-Unit's Tony Yayo. In 2010, Yayo and Brown released Hawaiian Snow, while Brown also released The Hybrid, among other mixtapes, such as additional volumes of the Detroit State of Mind series. While it was rumored that Brown would be signing to G-Unit, label head 50 Cent allegedly balked due to the rapper's fashion sense (which included a preference for skinny jeans).

Brown eventually found a home at Fool's Gold, where he issued XXX, his highest-profile mixtape up to that point. At the end of 2012, Brown announced that the follow-up to XXX had been recorded. Originally titled ODB, it was continually pushed back by the label, with Brown tweeting in August 2013 that he would consider leaking the release. In October, the retitled album, Old, appeared with guest appearances from A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q. After he provided the theme for the U.S. television sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, Brown signed with Warp and made his label debut in 2016 with "When It Rain." The single's parent album, Atrocity Exhibition, was issued later in the year, with guest contributions from B-Real, Black Milk, and Kendrick Lamar. ~ Andy Kellman

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