Old (CD) [Explicit]


Danny Brown

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Amoeba Review

10/07/2013

Since Danny Brown launched from relative obscurity to stardom with his excellent mixtape XXX, it follows that his sophomore release should see the rapper sand the edges of his sound from his Internet-rap roots. Not so fast. Danny Brown’s Old doesn’t curb the weirdness that made XXX such a delight; it doubles down on it. The same highwire delivery and tight jeans that made 50 Cent balk at signing the dude are still going strong, though the humor of his previous work is turned down in favor of more straightforward storytelling—and as if in a bid for seriousness, Brown even includes “Side A” and “B” interludes to signify the break between the more laid-back first half and molly-addled second half. Of course, Brown has just learned how to incorporate his wit into the songs more—“Wonderbread” is only slightly more horrifying than funny, about the perils of even going out for bread in the Detroit ghetto where he grew up, whereas the mind-bending “Lonely,” which features a sample from obscure French artist Morice Benin, sees Brown claiming his identity brilliantly (“Hipster by heart but I can tell you how the streets feel” he says, subtly reffing his childhood, selling drugs and time in prison without boasting). Brown’s collaborators—from the indie-minded Purity Ring to fellow rapper Schoolboy Q and especially the grime-influenced wunderkind Scruffizer, on the awesome “Dubstep”—aid in making Old a multifaceted affair. Producer Oh No (of Stones Throw duo Gangrene) helps set the stage for some of Old’s most striking tracks, like the Radiohead-ish “Gremlins” and manic “Red 2 Go,” though Brown at least shares the producer’s chair on each song. At 19 tracks, Old stays gripping throughout, as Brown offers some turn of phrase or stellar bit of production on every song to keep you tracking back to hear it again.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Side A (Old)
Danny Brown 02:23
2.
The Return
Danny Brown , Freddie Gibbs 03:10
3.
25 Bucks
Danny Brown , Purity Ring 03:30
4.
Wonderbread
Danny Brown 01:58
5.
Gremlins
Danny Brown 02:06
6.
Dope Fiend Rental
Danny Brown , Schoolboy Q 02:55
7.
Torture
Danny Brown 03:46
8.
Lonely
Danny Brown 02:19
9.
Clean Up
Danny Brown 03:01
10.
Red 2 Go
Danny Brown 03:18
11.
Side B (Dope Song)
Danny Brown 02:36
12.
Dubstep
Danny Brown , Scruffizer 02:16
13.
Dip
Danny Brown 03:31
14.
Smokin' & Drinkin'
Danny Brown 02:53
15.
Break It (Go)
Danny Brown 03:12
16.
Handstand
Danny Brown 02:55
17.
Way Up Here
Danny Brown , Ab-Soul 02:36
18.
Kush Coma
Danny Brown , A$AP Rocky , Zelooperz 04:41
19.
Float On
Danny Brown , Charli XCX 03:31

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