Old - Danny Brown
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Detroit rapper features Ab-Soul, A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Freddie Gibbs, Purity Ring, Schoolboy Q, Scrufizzer, and Zelooperz as guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Oct 9, 2013
    100
    While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.
  2. Oct 7, 2013
    90
    Old is Brown’s best work. Complex beyond its two-sided structure, it is filled with narratives that collide, sentiments that conflict and resolutions that come to nothing.
  3. Oct 22, 2013
    90
    As a rap record, it excels.
  4. Oct 2, 2013
    80
    Brown displays real bravery in his willingness to merge the sacred with the profane, the independent with the arena-ready, the old with the new.
  5. Oct 8, 2013
    80
    At 19 tracks, Old can get a little taxing, as if Brown, in an effort to be expansive, just decided to be everything all at once.... But you’ll forget about that once you realize that Handstand‘s beat is a dizzying tornado of synth and buzz that’s unlike anything you’ve heard before.
  6. 80
    He’s still a countercultural figure himself, veritably, but he’s achieved self-actualization. Old won’t let you forget it.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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
  2. 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) Expand
  3. 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.
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  4. 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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  5. 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"
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  6. 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. Collapse
  7. 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

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