Old - Danny Brown
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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 101 Ratings

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  1. Jun 26, 2014
    8
    Old is another elite alternative rap album from Danny Brown, following the release of XXX. For a 19-track album, there are very few weak spots. Every song is at very least pretty good. The production is ridiculously on point. ~ 8.2/10

    I couldn't decide on a best song, as there are so many great ones.

    Notable tracks: "Gremlins", "Dope Fiend Rental", "Torture", "Clean Up", "Side B
    (Dope Song)" & "Float On" Expand
  2. 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.
  3. May 16, 2014
    7
    I was impressed with the album by danny considering there's two sides to it.. What I mean is half of the album is deep and the other half is party. On this previous mixtape/album it all had a druggy party Theme to it. I like with old he put two sides to it, it showcases that Danny can put well written songs that aren't just party related, but still having a party side to the album to. The production is well done, Danny's flow changes depending on the topic of the track. All up I enjoyed this album even though some of the tracks didn't have that much substance, definitely worth checking out. 7.9/10 Expand
  4. Mar 12, 2014
    6
    The King of Rap Realism did not quite bring it on this one. Mostly, the album is way too long, so much full, and it gets trying to go through the whole thing; that's not good. There are some standout tracks, like the very, very underrated "Wonderbread," which can be seen as the embodiment of Realism in rap. Of course there are the bangers and the Jams, but overall, this album is too much. Sadly it was the best rap album in 2013. Expand
  5. 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)
  6. Feb 22, 2014
    8
    Danny Brown's "Old" starts off with almost no hesitation, bringing a mid-paced, contemporary boom bap sound to the first few tracks like "Side A (Old)" and "The Return". He raps with a serious and dark tone; a stark contrast to his wild and eccentric style on his more well-known singles. But this album is a split between the serious, old-school style and the more Electronic/EDM influenced beats Danny hops on. His lyrics are also split between melancholy raps about living in Detroit, sell drugs to barely get by like on the track "Gremlins", and high octane lines about partying, popping molly and smoking and drinking like a the aptly named track "Smokin and Drinkin". Some people won't agree, but I don't mind when Danny raps about generic rap topics because he makes it interesting. He does this by using his sharp wit and sense of humour. He'll be the first to admit that those songs aren't meant to be taken seriously, they're meant to get loose to. And if you doubt Danny's lyrical ability, just listen to his storytelling ability on tracks like "Torture". He paints a vivid picture of his past trials and tribulations that most contemporary rappers can't even imagine. The featured artists did their job on their tracks respectively, but nothing standout. But its hard to outshine Danny with his chameleon-like personality. There is a good mix of beats and styles on the album, and Danny confidently rides each beat with relative ease. Overall, the album was great. It's strong point is how eclectic it is. Definitely a personal album of the year of mine. Expand
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Nov 18, 2013
    8
    Despite his dirty, disturbing lyrics and his annoying voice, he created a decent album that shows why he is unique and different from today's generation of rappers.
  10. Oct 24, 2013
    7
    I'm not going to go into much detail, since Danny Brown isn't for everyone. If you are a Danny Brown fan, definitely pick it up. Personally, I prefer XXX by a long shot, mostly because of the way the album was constructed, but Old still shows Danny Brown at his best. The production on this album is pretty damn amazing and that's the one thing where I think it 'beats' XXX. Get it, beats?.... 7/10
  11. Oct 24, 2013
    7
    Although this album did not live up to its predecessor, Old can still be enjoyed as a conscious/crazy hip-hop album to enjoy. Danny continues to impress even if its at a slower pace. I still fall in the fan section for this one.
  12. Oct 23, 2013
    7
    Overall, Danny Brown proves to be a good emcee, if not a great one. He’s versatile, and can throw knuckleballs left and right. However, his shift of themes is too awkward, and not as interesting when juxtaposed with his more intellectual tracks. Oh well...TURNT UP!

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  13. N10
    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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  14. 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.
  15. Duu
    Oct 11, 2013
    8
    This is a very good album by Danny Brown. Lyrically it spans the range between really serious and really braggadocios and outrageous (I did take issue with the trite brag raps that demean women). Brown He sounds good and he paints pictures very well. This album is not a classic, but as far as new/contemporary rap goes, Danny Brown stands out above many of the rest. Kendrick Lamar is currently the best rapper alive and there just doesn't seem to be anyone on his level of being both melodically and lyrically special. (Eminem is the best rhymer alive and paints a picture very well, although his stories are just not that interesting in general unless you are a hip-hop fan). But Danny Brown tries to capture a hard east coast sound and he does it very well. There are no classic songs on this album, but 12 out of the 19 songs are satisfactory to very good. I look forward to future albums from Danny Brown. This album is one for fans of Mceeing. Expand
  16. 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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  17. 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.
  18. Oct 8, 2013
    8
    Danny Brown's long waited old has finally came out and was well worth the wait. Danny's previous album XXX had what you could say are 2 halves to the album. The first half was Danny's party side and the second half was Danny's more serious and introspective side. The problem with that was people would only be listening to the first half and would become less interested in the second half once he went into the more mellow beats and deeper/darker topics, even though they were just as good content wise to his first half.

    This album though, is the exact opposite. There are 2 halves to the album. The first being (old) which is the deeper, moodier side. The second half (dope) is the more party side starting with one of my favorites on here, "dope song". This setup guarantees that the people who have only listened to Danny Brown's party songs would start the album with a taste of the music that they may have not listened to originally before from Danny.

    In terms of production though, this album is spot on. On this album we are seeing production from a range of amazing produces like Rustie, SKYWLKR, A-Trak, Paul White, and even BADBADNOTGOOD. All of the production choices are mostly in good taste, and even though the production is extremely ranged because of the shear amounts of songs coming from different producers, they never seem so distant that the album seems like random beats thrown together. The album is consistent in production taste, and also lyrical content. Which brings me to my only real gripe of this album...

    If you have listened to Hybrid, XXX, and then this, then you will notice that the lyrical content does almost seem so consistent that it could almost be coined as repetitive. Does this make this album less enjoyable than XXX because of that?? Eh...I don't really know. The album is just so good that repetitive lyrical content almost doesn't even phase me on my overall rating.
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  19. 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.
  20. Oct 8, 2013
    8
    Usually the hip hop doesn't work for me but this album is the pretty exception, Danny is an intelligent guy and his lyrics and music are awesome, maybe this is the best rap album of all the year
  21. 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
  22. Oct 8, 2013
    8
    Overall, a really good album. I am not a big Danny Brown guy at all and am generally annoyed by his voice, but here, he largely seems to rap normally and when he does, it is incredibly effective. It is so effective, in fact, that I sort of liked it when he rapped in his silly, crazy voice that he so frequently uses. I was quite impressed by this album as a whole and it is most definitely a very good project. In my eyes, Danny Brown took major steps forward with this album. Collapse
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]