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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.
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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. The Wire
    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 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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. 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,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. Expand
  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 manyThis 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. 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. 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 weakOld 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. 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, II'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 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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