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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 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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 itsToo 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. Collapse
  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 neverThere 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, whileDanny 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. 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 didThis 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
  5. 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 rapOverall, 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. Expand
  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 "SideDanny 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. 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 throughThe 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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