’13 Underrated Albums #3: Danny Brown Old

Written By: @Elliottwilson January 6, 2014 @ 4:00 PM EDT

Sir Danny.

Yeah the hair is crazy. The smile is crooked. The gap is wide. But don’t let his appearance fool you. Danny Brown is a real hip-hop nigga. An ex D-Boy from The D with more styles than your favorite MC. Having a full satisfied listen to Old will make you feel like your listening to four or five different rappers but when it’s all said and done, it’s mostly Danny on the mic.

The content is equally weighty. The album subtly follows a story arc. The first half is mostly composed of Danny spitting in a more traditional style about his tough upbringing in the Motor City. “Side A (Old)” is a gritty fast-paced roller coaster ride. “Torture” paints disturbing pictures of family distress while on the nimbly soulful “Lonely”, Danny states his case on his artistic duality: “Hipster by heart but I can tell you how the streets feel”.

After bidding adieu to hustling on the celebratory “Dope Song”, Danny lays off the substance tunes and gets into some fun shit. Bring in the drugs! The mollys are flowing on the “Dip”; guest A$AP Rocky gets twisted on the jolting “Kush Coma” and Ab-Soul joints the party to terrorize the female species on “Way Up Here”.

Mr. Brown comes back down to Earth on the album’s amazing closer, “Float On”. Over inviting chords, Danny delves into his desire to be recognized as one of hip-hop most impactful artists: “Pray I get old just to hear I been the future/Just to see my influence in this genre of music”. Originality wins. And it never gets old. — YN

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  • Timothy

    “Hipster by heart but I can tell you how the streets feel”.

    That line was originally said by A$AP Rocky on the song “Demons.” Danny might have expressed the sentiment but he was also paying homage.

  • Gigbig

    Yn been on Dannys dick since he singed with the rr super boss Paul. There’s always hidden agendas with yn.

    • IG: claytondadon

      lol… get em dude.. i didnt even know that shit came out

  • Dashing28

    This was in the top 5 on most site’s lists for best rap album of the year. Nearly universal critical acclaim. Not sure that it was underrated. Underrated cause it didn’t put up Ye or Jay numbers?

  • Patrick Wiley

    I enjoyed this album. I didn’t really enjoy the second half, not because it wasn’t good or artistic, but because I don’t enjoy that style of music. I’ve enjoyed Danny for quite some time, now. I just hope he puts out more music like Side A in the future.

  • Mo

    IMO Top 5 album of 13. Great release

  • kinghenry

    underrated how? hugely popular album, excellent reviews across the board… just cos it’s not mainstream doesn’t make it underrated

  • Brandon Pitts

    Wha! This album was soooooooo garbage. Only good song kush coma

  • Man this shit was horrible, and he is garbage as fuck!!!!