AOTY 2018

Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2016 Ratings: #21 / 758
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 865 ratings
2016 Ratings: #2
September 27, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian
The snaggle-toothed Detroit rapper has previously dabbled in grime, ghettotech and other esoteric styles, but his new LP goes further still – sketching out uncharted territory for hip-hop with the gonzo penmanship of Robert Crumb or Ralph Steadman.
94
GIGsoup

By steering away from many of the conventions of contemporary rap and hip hop, Brown hasn’t just made one of the best albums of the year, but one of the most exhilaratingly original hip hop albums in recent memory.

91
Pretty Much Amazing
The raps are at a peak there, but it’s the beats on the album that you consistently sink your ears into.
90
AllMusic

Atrocity Exhibition is Danny Brown at his least diluted, almost unrelentingly grim and completely engrossing.

90
PopMatters

Atrocity Exhibition is Danny Brown’s greatest musical achievement thus far because the Detroit native not only elevated his lyricism, but also complimented said lyricism with atmospheric production and distinct flows that accentuate everything he’s saying.

90
FasterLouder

On his fourth album, Atrocity Exhibition, Brown reigns things in: there are less straight up bangers on this album than on XXX or Old, but it’s altogether dirtier and darker than either of those. Danny Brown’s coke dreams are turning into nightmares.

90
Sputnikmusic

Atrocity Exhibition is the Danny Brown we know and love, but even though his attitude and perspective remain largely the same as it ever was, he’s made room for further growth and corruption.

90
The Needle Drop
Danny Brown returns with one of the wildest hip hop albums ever recorded.
85
The Line of Best Fit

Rich, deep, full of wit, rapid fire lyrics and fantastically unusual production, it’s Danny Brown proving yet again that he is one of the most exciting rappers working right now.

85
Pitchfork

No matter what's going on with the music, Brown’s acute emotional writing is once again on full display. Where XXX seemed to promise a way out, Old reflected (and sometimes reveled in) the lifestyle afforded him through his breakout success. This record, as dark, dingy, and uncomfortable as it is, continues to suggest something deeper is haunting Brown.

85
XLR8R

That Atrocity Exhibition sounds like neither backpack rap, hipster drivel nor dull trap, but something fresh that stands on its own is itself to be applauded. But that it’s so damn good too puts it among the best hip-hop albums in years.

85
Spectrum Culture

It’s unsettling, affecting and compelling in a way that few pieces of music have been this year.

83
Consequence of Sound
These songs aren’t for everyone, but they stand as some of the most fearlessly created music of the year.
80
Loud and Quiet

With ‘Atrocity Exhibition,’ Danny Brown cements himself as a hip-hop great.

80
The Skinny

Hard rhymes, hard beats and a metallic self-scrutiny see Danny Brown make astute decisions, and reap all that he deserves.

80
Drowned in Sound

Atrocity Exhibition isn't quite as breathtakingly brilliant as XXX was and will probably alienate some of the fans that Old gained him, but it's basically just a good Danny Brown album. 

80
Rolling Stone

While Atrocity Exhibition is stuffed like a piñata with colorful addictions ... its also teeming with the isolation, paranoia and regrets you could expect from a rap album named after a Joy Division song. 

80
The 405

Brown has finally found a sonic backdoor into the A list rap career he's been destined for by huddling amongst the sharp genre-bending, sampled scraps of his own mental demise and the backing of his new eclectic label.

80
DIY

Exuding confidence at every turn, his ability to wrangle any sound into his warped world of hip hop is exhilarating.

80
Exclaim!

On Atrocity Exhibition, Danny Brown is better than he's ever been.

80
Clash
Danny Brown casts off the more user-friendly EDM touches that brought his previous effort ‘Old’ some mainstream attention in 2013, and drags his fourth LP ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ into an altogether murkier zone – both sonically and thematically.
80
NOW Magazine
Working mainly with producer Paul White, Brown has crafted his most vividly emotional, demented and personal album. His flows are as manic and snarling as ever, but as he raps about gobbling drugs, he is voraciously devouring genres.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes
Danny Brown’s gift is that he imbues these barbaric tales with pathos and humor, burning his existence into the rap firmament, always and forever the “murder music orchestrator”.
80
musicOMH

The whole of Atrocity Exhibition takes Brown’s craft to a new level, even if his delivery occasionally grates. It’s by far the best thing he’s released and confirms his arrival among the rap elite.

80
Slant Magazine

Atrocity Exhibition offers dementedly, nihilistically danceable music.

80
The Observer

Normally you’d change carriages to avoid someone sounding this unhinged, but the 15 dosages Brown dispenses here are worryingly addictive.

80
FLOOD Magazine

It’s a harsh, machete-sharp, dissonant sound and scabrous vision at work on Atrocity Exhibition, yet one geared for entertainment—gleeful arts and farts—rather than just morose, soul-searching evisceration.

78
HipHopDX

Although the unconventional song structures and ostensibly clashing influences may create an unsettling experience for some, this is Hip Hop’s most sonically focused project since Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly.

78
Resident Advisor

Atrocity Exhibition arrives as a dark, boom-bap document of the MC's odyssey, as well as an incisive commentary on the perils of fame.

60
XXL

Atrocity Exhibition gets props for being not only creative and ominously expressive but moving anyone out of their comfort zone.

60
Crack Magazine

Unfortunately for those who value Brown as a lyricist, the rapping isn’t as fascinating as the music.

60
The Independent

This fourth album is produced by south London’s Paul White, and a shared taste for Talking Heads and especially Joy Division takes it way off the mainstream hip-hop map.

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92
In 2011 Danny Brown dropped what would become one of the most beloved hip hop mixtapes of this decade with XXX. His charisma and humor struck the hearts of millions, including my own. The tape was experimental yet accessible, with a split between fun songs about women, drugs, and money, and songs about Danny's past and the problems he encountered during it. Two years later, Brown put out Old, a much more generally accessible concept album that consisted of a Side A and a Side B, ... read more
Aoaystheory
96
Take that "Guy that Keeps Telling Everybody New Hip-Hop is Garbage."
snarekickblues
80
White Lines sounds like crack cooked with Froot Loops dust
BradTasteMusic
98
Full Review on my YouTube Channel: “Brad Taste in Music”

This album is so important to me. It is one of the albums that got me reviewing music.
Most music fans know about this album so I won’t preach too much info about it but just know that it took me about 5 months to finally like this album. I had to listen to XXX and that was an amazing album. That was the album that clicked for me that lead to me liking this a little better but it took an excessive amount of listens to ... read more
pstaggs
100
ALBUM OF THE WEEK (#18)

With Atrocity Exhibition, Danny has created what is, hands down, the most left-field, crazy rap release of 2016. I also happen to think it's the best rap release of 2016. Period.

Atrocity Exhibition features a smorgasbord of varied and often obtuse beats. Songs like "Dance in the Water," "When It Rain," and "Lost" seem nearly impossible to rap over. These are full blown and, at many points, maximalistic electronic tracks. These beats ... read more
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Track List

  1. Downward Spiral
  2. Tell Me What I Don't Know
  3. Rolling Stone (feat. Petite Noir)
  4. Really Doe (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)
  5. Lost
  6. Ain't It Funny
  7. Golddust
  8. White Lines
  9. Pneumonia
  10. Dance in the Water
  11. From the Ground (feat. Kelela)
  12. When It Rain
  13. Today
  14. Get Hi (feat. B-Real)
  15. Hell for It
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Added on: August 16, 2016