AOTY 2021
Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2019 Ratings: #141 / 770
Year End Rank: #34
User Score
2019 Ratings: #78
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‘uknowhatimsayin’ succeeds in flipping our expectations of a Danny Brown album, delivering a project that’s masterfully produced and exquisitely executed.
The Line of Best Fit

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.


There are no bangers on the album, but there aren’t any sleepers either; fans that just want a XXX 2 will likely be disappointed.

On his fifth album, executive-produced by Q-Tip, Danny Brown ascends to a sort of hip-hop classicist nirvana and remains one of the most inventive and dimensional rappers working today.
The Skinny
With production help from Q-Tip, and guest spots from a great cast of collaborators, Danny Brown returns with an album filled with high class raps and gravity-defying production
Within, it's Brown's pen game and ear for production that carry the album's comedic spirit, anchored by technical and stylistic changes.
The restless invention and wild energy remains, but his focused, compact fifth record finds the Detroit rapper on clear-eyed and contemplative form.
The 405
The fact is this is an album by an artist who’s more comfortable in his skin and more at peace with himself than he’s ever been. If that makes his music more comfortable and less overtly challenging in turn, I’m certainly not going to begrudge him that.
The Guardian

As a whole it’s slightly too laid back to match the masterpiece status of 2016’s Atrocity Exhibition, but Brown is still leaving encrusted marks on the hall of fame.

Crack Magazine

Despite the comedic influence, uknowhatimsayin¿ might be Brown’s most mature album to date.

Rolling Stone

uknowhatimsayin¿ succeeds as a kind of high-wire act that balances Brown’s folk hero status against his documentarian sensibilities, tragedy against comedy, bluster against self-mockery.

The Needle Drop

For the most part, uknowhatimsayin¿ is an amusingly subversive update on some classic rap formulas.

A unified, deliberate, and conscious work.
Spectrum Culture

Who’d have thought Brown would make it to old head status, much less a wise and witty elder statesman.

No Ripcord

Wiser, and even paternal to a degree, he begins his 40s with a clean slate—and still intent on leading the pack.


By the end of the 34 minutes, there’s a natural inquiry to wonder if anyone else in the rap game is making anything remotely similar to this – the answer is no.

Consequence of Sound

While other artists struggle to translate personal development into their music Brown does it with ease, navigating growth in a way that’s not only deeply personal but also extremely honest.


uknowhatimsayin¿ shows how that insanity can be packaged in a more unassuming container without ever losing its fury.

Loud and Quiet
At eleven tracks and a little over half an hour, it is his most instantly enjoyable record to date, without losing any of the holistic vision that makes all of his prior albums noteworthy.
By learning to play nicely with others, Danny Brown is headed for the jackpot - commercial viability without compromising his unique voice.

Detroit rapper Danny Brown's uknowhatimsayin¿ is a spare, principled record that's mostly about hard beats and harder bars.

Ever since I started listening to Danny Brown in like 2015, I've been a fan of almost everything he puts out. He hasn't made a bad album yet in my view and he is constantly challenging himself on each release. From the nostalgia and reflection of XXX to the drugged-out parade that was Atrocity Exhibition, Danny keeps things fresh.
What slightly changed my view on Danny was an appearance on the podcast The Church of What's Happening Now from 2016 or 2017. He fit right into the show. I was ... read more
"Everybody say you got a lot to be proud of. Been bumpin' Danny Brown this whole time, don't realize what I done!" -me, 2019

Detroit rapper Danny Brown is back at it with a straightforward, but nonetheless charismatic and pristine studio album! After dropping one of the most off-the-wall hip hop releases in 2016, Atrocity Exhibition, an intoxicating, dark and mind-bending record, uknowhatimsayin¿ is a change in pace that's best described as Danny's "Feel-Good" album. ... read more
This review I wrote after being brutally disappointed by one of my most anticipated albums of 2019 was out of date. I like this album. It took a while for it to grow on me. There is a certain feeling of this album that is far from what Atrocity was going for. Danny, in a lot of ways, has improved his life greatly. It resulted in this weird, wacky rap album that I just wasn't feeling

I don't have a ton to say besides it just took some time to get adjusted to, but it is a very solid project
Yeah, I know what Danny saying...

Unruly hair; the gap between the teeth worthy of the Grand Canyon; the shrill voice which raps poetically: "Still fucking with them freak hoes, stank pussy smelling like Cool Ranch Doritos. ". The brilliant and crazy lyricist born in Detroit was a real rockstar in 2011: original in terms of style and authentic in the heart.

After three years, Danny Brown is back with "uknowhatimsayin¿", the highly anticipated sequel to ... read more
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After the critically acclaimed powerhouse that was Atrocity Exhibition, it's kind of hard to top such an amazing album. uknowhatimsayin¿ might not be as ambitious, mind-melting or bizarre as that album, but it's not really shooting for such a grim and deranged sound this time around and is taking things in a simpler direction. uknowhatimsayin is an incredibly solid, incredibly well-produced and really well ... read more
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Added on: May 3, 2019