XXX - Danny Brown
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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30

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  1. Feb 15, 2012
    10
    Truly amazing. Have not heard an album like this. Innovative. One of my favorites of 2010, however if you're not into experimental music, don't bother.
  2. Feb 16, 2013
    9
    XXX is by far one of the most compelling albums I've heard in a while. Danny Brown may have an annoying voice to some. If you can get past it (I certainly did), you really do get some great music. Lyrically, Danny isn't a wordsmith. But he is oozing with personality, humor, wit and compassion. The production is minimalistic for the most part and it kinda reminds me of Lil B's style of production. But Danny sounds right at home on some of these songs like I Will, Radio Song, Lie4, Outer Space and Monopoly. These songs don't rely on MBDTF style production to get a reaction out of you. They rely on Danny's lyrics to convey the message. And what's the message exactly on this album? Basically, that Danny Brown is a 30-year old, drug abusing weirdo. But once the song DNA hits, the album turns a new leaf, Danny is rapping in a much more quiet voice and he talks about how his drug abuse has been herreditary and that it runs in the bloodline. The next few songs have him rapping in that voice and a lot more somber production. The last song has him rapping in his higher pitch where he's pretty much having a meltdown, he's taking more pills and trying to OD. That's how crazy it is, Danny Brown isn't really glorifying drugs in the same way Lil Wayne glorifies codeine. He just says that this is part of his life and he has no choice but to act that way. This album is funny, witty, tragic, strange and overall a blast to listen to. My only gripe is that the middle kind of drags a bit. But overall, this album is great. And totally worth looking into. Expand
  3. Apr 13, 2013
    9
    Great Album that is many things. XXX is entertaining, funny, and overall a pretty solid hip-hop album. Along the way the listener will experience a very odd hour of many assorted feelings of happiness and they will be caught in awe by what is Danny Browns triple X
  4. Jun 18, 2013
    10
    This album has everything you could want in a rap album. Dannys flow is sometimes aggressive and mostly joking, but he does it in such a way that it works perfectly. If you listen to the album from track 1 to the end it is a story. The first half is when he is messed up on drugs, and the second half is when he is coming down off the drugs and realizing where his life is at. Its a album that you can look at it in a grand scheme of things and realize the albums songs all flow into each other perfectly. With punchlines that rival the best in the game, what is not to love about this album? Expand
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    10
    This album is f-ing genius.

    Danny mixes his own humorous delivery with the insanity and obscenity of ODB, but over a new type of production that is coming into style; the ghostly, abstract, unconventional and weird beats and melodies behind his tracks keep his flow together like carbon and iron in steel.

    His songs switch between weird retro/futuristic experimental rants over strange
    and otherworldly beats to aggressive songs parodying or chronicling the aggressive and foolish life of rappers and thugs on the streets of Detroit.

    There's not much more to say about this album, mainly because it's so out there. It's one of those things you just have to listen to in order to "get."

    I will say thought, you will love or hate this album. There are few people in between. I had to listen to it twice before I realized how freaking great it is.
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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 10, 2012
    80
    Brown's vivid storytelling skills bear testament to a major talent. [Jun 2012, p.108]
  2. 90
    XXX might just represent the most polished and fully formed manifestation of street-meets-art rap so far.
  3. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    Beyond its confrontational veneer lies a 19 track collection of a good number of 2011's hardest, freshest, most concrete bars imaginable.