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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release from the Detroit rapper features guest appearances from Blood Orange, JPEGMAFIA, Obongjayar, and Run The Jewels.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Brown’s storytelling is as witty as ever, with pungent bars that pop like pimples, spattering tracks with quotable filth. His best work by a distance.
  2. 85
    Though it lacks in the experimentation of Atrocity Exhibition, it compensates with cohesion and undeniable quality. As a presentation of Brown as an exceptional rapper, it ticks all the right boxes.
  3. Where his previous projects felt sprawling, ’uknowhatimsayin¿’ succeeds in feeling compact while delivering a powerful project that is expertly produced and concisely executed.
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 2, 2019
    80
    Keeping up with his often logic-defying wordplay can be a challenge. But the payoff is a startling insight into how the world looks from the inside one of hip-hop's most original and consistently inventive minds. [Nov 2019, p.110]
  5. Oct 4, 2019
    80
    uknowhatimsayin¿ may not immediately shine as brightly as the grandly ambitious and fearlessly experimental XXX or Atrocity Exhibition, and some of its tracks and vocal hooks are a little undercooked, but Brown’s latest reveals itself more and more with each listen.
  6. Nov 4, 2019
    80
    Even at its most mundane (like on the painfully repetitive title track), “uknowhatimsayin¿” represents an artist at his most polished and enthusiastic.
  7. Oct 3, 2019
    70
    In a world of diminishing attention spans, he keeps it moving - most tracks don’t linger longer than 3 minutes, giving the whole thing an inherently vital quality, a record you can let wash over you just as well as getting the party lit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Incredible album with some of the best instrumentals of the year. Danny Brown flows so good on Q-Tip's production. It's amazing. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    Danny's best and most mature album to date. So colourful and rich maaan the sound is just immaculate. Same thing with his pen game.
  3. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    Wow, this album is insane. I’ve always been a fan of Danny Brown in a tertiary way. Never really sat down and listened to one of his albumsWow, this album is insane. I’ve always been a fan of Danny Brown in a tertiary way. Never really sat down and listened to one of his albums from front to back. This entire album is flawless. Lyrically and sonically it takes you to a new place. Now it’s time to dive into his older albums! Give this a listen. Expand
  4. Nov 4, 2019
    9
    "uknowhatimsayin¿" is a break about experimentalism in relation to "Atrocity Exibiton", but nonetheless a step behind, in truth, this album"uknowhatimsayin¿" is a break about experimentalism in relation to "Atrocity Exibiton", but nonetheless a step behind, in truth, this album has a more inviting sounding, principally for the perfect set of beats Expand
  5. Dec 20, 2019
    9
    I'll pull up on your playground at a quarter to three

    Danny Brown has some classic songs, and classic albums and with this newest release
    I'll pull up on your playground at a quarter to three

    Danny Brown has some classic songs, and classic albums and with this newest release uknowhatimsayin¿ he manages to help push the genre with inventive production.

    This album is a tight 33 minutes with 11 songs and none miss. Every beat is crawling and consistent, a mostly dark chill vibe. It's not a bloated release and the entire project is consistent in its atmosphere. Every song is worth listening to.

    The features are ridiculous and with production and beats this strong no one comes off as weak. This album has some strengths for everyone who likes hip hop, good hooks and good beats. Some classic Conscious stuff, some hardcore stuff, and some abstract sounds as well.

    Back from the grave
    Mind of a master, blood of a slave
    Heart of a king, stuck in between
    The devil and an angel on my shoulder when I speak
    Lost in the streets, found on the beat
    Still kept a clip, asked, and got it for cheap
    Now I'm in the world where they pray for the weak
    ...
    Lord, have mercy, pray for me

    This is highly recommended for hip hop fans.
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  6. Oct 4, 2019
    8
    I still obviously preffer AE over this, because of many reasons( in which goes for example, the cover, the experimentation and the beats) butI still obviously preffer AE over this, because of many reasons( in which goes for example, the cover, the experimentation and the beats) but this is not a flop, perhaps AOTY if an other better project is released I guess. Expand
  7. Oct 4, 2019
    8
    Great album.Great production.Some songs are too short and Danny's flow isn't that impressive.