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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Detroit rapper was produced by Paul White and features guest appearances from Ab-Soul, B-Real, Kelela, Kendrick Lamar, Petite Noir, and Earl Sweatshirt.
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Really Doe
You niggas don't even know All that talk then no show Cannot tell me nothin' Show me somethin' I ain't seen before That hoe want my piccolo Smoking... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Sep 29, 2016
    100
    His voice, agitatedly squawking and yet dainty as a ballerina, is one of contemporary music’s greatest pleasures. He quotes Outkast’s BOB on Today, and is the true successor to their trailblazing spirit.
  2. Nov 4, 2016
    90
    A thematic sequel to 2011 breakout mixtape ‘XXX’, Danny Brown remains rap’s most unique force.
  3. Oct 25, 2016
    85
    Atrocity Exhibition is a party rap album, a drug rap album, an emo rap album, and a post-punk album all rolled into one.
  4. Sep 28, 2016
    80
    Distinctive and likely divisive, some spots showcase the most original beat-work you'll hear this year.
  5. Oct 5, 2016
    80
    Thematically he might travel into dark and desperate places, but the idea that one can find salvation in music is made vividly real by the rush of energy that is Atrocity Exhibition.
  6. Sep 30, 2016
    80
    Yet beyond this wired mix of post-punk anxiety, splintered techno elements and haunting soul samples, it’s Danny Brown’s rhyming ability that ultimately sees the LP flourish.
  7. 60
    This fourth album is produced by south London’s Paul White, and a shared taste for Talking Heads and especially Joy Division (the LP is named after their song, more than JG Ballard’s novel) takes it way off the mainstream hip-hop map.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Sep 27, 2016
    10
    Shock and awe -- the album.
    Hits like a 10 ton truck. The most visceral music experience you can have this year. The Fight Club of Hip Hop
    Shock and awe -- the album.
    Hits like a 10 ton truck. The most visceral music experience you can have this year. The Fight Club of Hip Hop records, this record hits fast and hard, the brevity of the record (around 45 minutes long) goes a long ways in keeping the album fresh throughout. As someone who respected Danny Brown before, but never bought into the hype, I have officially been converted. 100% essential.
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  2. Jun 14, 2018
    10
    Experimental hip hop at its best. This album will make you feel like your the one going through the downward spiral of drug addiction,Experimental hip hop at its best. This album will make you feel like your the one going through the downward spiral of drug addiction, paranoia and depression that Danny Brown is going through. Best experience I've ever had listening to an album. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2016
    10
    By far the best Danny Brown album so far! If you liked XXX, but wanted more out of the beats in general (in a way that matches the mood ofBy far the best Danny Brown album so far! If you liked XXX, but wanted more out of the beats in general (in a way that matches the mood of the lyrics) than this is for you. If you only like side B of Old and don't like dark, trippy music, then this definitely not for you. This album throws you for a ride like no other.

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    Aint It Funny
    White Lines
    Get Hi
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  4. Oct 31, 2016
    9
    What I expected from Danny is what I ended up getting, and that is a dope and out-of-this-world project. Danny is at his all-time highest whenWhat I expected from Danny is what I ended up getting, and that is a dope and out-of-this-world project. Danny is at his all-time highest when it comes to levels of insanity, and it is continuous from beginning to end. He gives us many examples of nightmares, fears, and signs of depression, while still giving us instances of insanity, and he showcases it perfectly throughout this whole canvas of dark art. What I wasn’t a big fan of from his previous record was the EDM part of the album, and he completely strips that sound in this project. While I didn’t think the EDM sound was terrible, I still thought it was forced due to Danny’s behavior as a whole, but I digress. Danny still pulls through with his lyrics and the stories that he tells, and I’m glad his writing ability is still top-notch. Probably my most enjoyed aspect of this album is the production played throughout the whole project. The samples and different sounds that all of these producers pull together are brilliant, and I want to give a special shoutout to frequent collaborator Paul White for his fine work put into this piece of work. Paul has had a busy year with Open Mike Eagle’s collaborative album earlier in the year, and now with the majority of this record as well. I see a very bright and well-deserved future for Paul White, and it’s safe to say that he’s one of my favorite producers out right now. Also, I would like to give one more shoutout to Earl Sweatshirt for completely murdering that verse, can’t wait for his album. Now, coming back to this project, I believe that Danny will go down as one of the greats in Hip-Hop solely due to what he has accomplished in the game. He is unique, likable, and deserves all the credit in the world for what he has done with is art throughout his career. Although I am head over heels for this album, I believe not everyone will love this project. This is for a pretty niche crowd, but for those that enjoy listening to amazing forms of Hip-Hop will fall in love with this album. I can’t say enough great things about this man, and I would love to see where he takes us next in the future. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2016
    9
    Atrocity Exhibition is unstoppable, one of the most beautiful messes that I've ever heard, Brown really did something different here, wilderAtrocity Exhibition is unstoppable, one of the most beautiful messes that I've ever heard, Brown really did something different here, wilder and more experimental but in the same time he maintained his style, giving us an original work with a big effort in trying to move forward in his career, visiting different sounds. Expand
  6. Mar 11, 2017
    8
    Danny Brown sounds like a guy who's trying to make fun of a person like Lil Uzi Vert, but after the first few songs I got used to it andDanny Brown sounds like a guy who's trying to make fun of a person like Lil Uzi Vert, but after the first few songs I got used to it and eventually enjoyed this album very much, the way Brown raps is wacky af but works somehow, his flow is fire, and his lyrics are impressive. All around great album. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2017
    2
    A very hard album to listen to all the way through. The flows are gimmicky and the only and very minor reason to listen to this album is theA very hard album to listen to all the way through. The flows are gimmicky and the only and very minor reason to listen to this album is the half-way decent lyricism. Overall a very poor album. Unless you are a Danny Brown fan you are probably not going to enjoy this project. Expand

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