Old - Danny Brown
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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 93
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 93
  3. Negative: 2 out of 93

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  1. Dec 4, 2013
    10
    Too many hipsters posting reviews. The fact is the first side is deep, the second side is dope. One pushes the mind to the limit with its lyricism and intense story telling, it pushes emotions with its down to earth roots. The second half pushes hip-hop as a music genre to the limit with its twisted edm influenced trap beats, Dip sounds like a club banger from the future. The second half listen to when you party, listen to it when you are on your own, its still great, you aren't looking for lyricism on those songs, you are looking for flows, and verbal attacks (hence Scrufizzer as a feature, the unique beat choices. The first half just happens to also be produced extremely will for what it is. Expand
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    Oct 14, 2013
    10
    Did Danny Brown's "Old" live up to my hype?

    Side A has the more "Hybrid" feel too it and is the more introspective part with a lower vocal delivery while Side B is the festival ready set with a lot catchy drugged/party till we die hooks and lyrics, with a vocal from Brown mostly high through out this half.

    If you're a fan of lyrics, you'll find some tracks that you will appreciate at
    least. Though, this is more experimental than your average rapper, this dude is someone you've got to get used to at first, so it's understandable if you would end up hating it at first listen.

    "Old" is the better record from Danny to introduce to a larger folk than his earlier releases to be honest. This tape has more of a 90's boombap gritty (especially Side A) feel too it, and is versatile enough, with some trap/EDM inspired beats and instrumentals. It's more gritty, more appealing to a wider listeners, it's some his fans and rap fans can enjoy overall.
    Danny's storytelling is better than ever, he paints a picture so vivid that it's hard to loose interest off once you get into him as an artist. As a rapper, Danny has released some of the best works this year lyrically, musically it dosen't get old it fits his lane perfectly. Well put together, Danny Brown's narrative is stellar, the production is superb, this album is absolutely fantastic.

    Is it my favorite project from Brown? Quite not sure, but it's a top release of the year and that's for sure.

    Loving it!
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  3. Oct 9, 2013
    9
    This is a phenomenal follow up to XXX. The lyrical depth that Danny Brown goes into shows he's one of the best story tellers in rap. So many horror stories of his youth come through in Side A, while Side B follows more in the same vein of XXX, a craving for drug escapism. Interesting to hear how Danny Brown raps in a more straight normal style in Side A, whereas the second half has him at his most eccentric. The beats in the second half are also more distorted and effects driven, helping to push the concept of the album that really splits after "Clean Up."
    None of the songs last longer than 3 minutes, which is unfortunate on a track like "Lonely" where I'd love if the chorus was repeated. Also means that nothing here really outstays its welcome, which is great for a 19 track album. Making my top 10 for the year, and possibly best rap album, although Run the Jewels is still getting regular play.
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  4. Oct 9, 2013
    10
    Danny Brown mixes the old with the new, and breaks more electro and indie boundaries to re-create Hip Hop as an overall Multi-Genre, while keeping his personality in balance with his voice.
    Arguably best Hip Hop Album of the year, but for sure Danny's best project of his career so far.
  5. Oct 11, 2013
    9
    This is a very good year for rap. And this album is one of the reasons why. Danny Brown's flow is incredible and highly charismatic. The beats and overall production are top-notch. I was also pleased to listen to the guests of the album like Purity Ring, Charli XCX, and A$AP Rocky. This is a must-have for any fan of rap and hip-hop.
  6. Oct 8, 2013
    9
    This album is incredible. Danny Brown shows his versatility by having two sides to the LP. One displaying his, low, gravely, monotone voice over 90's boom-bap inspired instrumentation, the other, the high pitched whelp and screech he showcases over EDM influenced trap-style beats. Both sides are very well polished, no rapper currently could do what Danny Brown did with this album. His witty lyricism is on point as always. Expand
  7. Jun 9, 2014
    10
    Easily one of the top albums of 2014, From the Side A of the OLD side of Danny brown transitioning to Side B which is the new Hipster, crazy, Partying Danny brown. You have to be Insane to not like this album it's simply Perfect.
  8. Oct 8, 2013
    9
    This is what i've been waiting for all year, Danny's unique sound of hip hop is still here but he experiments with his more smoother sounding voice and the result is one of the best hip hop albums this year.
    This album is simply hip hop album of the year so far.
  9. Feb 5, 2014
    10
    The great thing about Old is the fact that it is completely different from anything else ever made. The first side is the deep side showing a new side of Danny without really sacrificing any of the energy that makes him so great to listen to. The Side B is all energy and still tells a story of growing up in the hood. One of the albums of the year and a pace setter for unique hip hop
  10. Feb 24, 2014
    10
    There is no bad song on this album. Probably the best work Danny Brown has ever done (and this is coming from a fan who thought he would never be able to top XXX)
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    50
    This strained affair makes the party rocking simplicity of 2 Chainz or even LMFAO look absolutely artful. Brown's too smart to make music this dumb effectively. [Nov 2013, p.66]
  2. Nov 14, 2013
    85
    Intelligent earnest lyricism, raw subject matter, exquisite minimalist production, and bombastic thrills. Old doesn't sound like anything approaching a conventional hip-hop record--and in a year when the majority of rap's big hitters failed to deliver, it couldn't feel more indispensable.
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    80
    His guttural, rat-tat flow is raw and unleavened, but it's the way he uses it--in flights of fancy and feats of mischief--that's truly the nub of his appeal. [Dec 2013, p.66]