AOTY 2022
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100
Sputnikmusic

Even though the emphasis of the record is on its expansive production, the lyrics are more telling than they’ve ever been. While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.

100
AllMusic

While Old often seems like a hip-hop kaleidoscope exploding across the speakers, it's also crafted and paced, split down the middle like a great LP with a sure start and a freeing finish.

91
Pretty Much Amazing

What makes Old great is its refusal to be one coherent statement. The album is as messy and wild as Danny Brown’s life.

88
Paste

More than ever, Old allows even passive listeners to care about what Brown is saying, to form a bond with him and to trust there is more of interest to him than women and drugs.

87
Pitchfork

In his berserk originality, writerly flair, emotional impact, and old-fashioned craft, Danny Brown belongs in any conversation about the best rappers working, and he's at the top of his game here. 

85
The 405

Old, from its quirky beat selection to its more classic hip-hop moments leaves the listener more than happy but steeped with a sense of jealousy. 

85
The Line of Best Fit

The popular perception of Danny Brown as a particularly lewd-yet-talented harlequin, one who banters about absurd rap tropes indicative of a healthy respect for the hoary even as he transcends it, fails to take into account his most important asset, the one Old makes abundantly clear; his acute understanding of the environment such bromides are born from.

80
NME

Brown's nu-skool genius is out in force here on his third album. The record's producers take their cues from his truly singular flow – a terse, hectoring blend of squawking cocaine mania and ghoulish, punk gruffness – and respond in kind with an album of unprecedented production styles.

80
HipHopDX

Simultaneously targeting fanatics who believe Danny Brown can do no wrong and traditionalist skeptics who show up for highlights like the Oh No produced “Red 2 Go,” Old requires the patience and empathy one would lend to a friend suffering from a bipolar disorder.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Old consistently offers up words and music that, while certainly extremely enjoyable on the most basic aural terms, also holds up to deeper dissection and analysis.

80
Consequence of Sound

Old is so successful because it reflects Danny Brown the person, Danny Brown the persona, and Danny Brown the artist.

80
FACT Magazine

With Old, Brown has bettered XXX by putting in the same kind of hard graft that has given him the edge on his endless run of tours. It’s an album that feels measured and well timed and yet avoids sounding over-polished or awkwardly stage-managed.

80
Spin

Old is XXX without that fun first half. It isn't traditionally enjoyable, and it isn't supposed to be. But for Danny Brown, the pill-popping, pussy-eating squawk-box, it's the most daring record he could've made.

70
PopMatters

The protean image we get of Brown, instead, is at its best when the complications of identity clash with complications of sound and fit into fascinatingly confining structures.

70
The Needle Drop

It's an album that mirrors the Detroit native's constant cycle of drug-fueled partying and remorse that was introduced on 2011's XXX. The major difference this time around being heavier instrumentals and Danny's split personalities feeling even more at odds.

LepardRyan
85

Y'all sleep on this cuz fantano told you to like the purple album instead smh

WhatTheFunk
66

Rap has always made room for eccentrics - from Ol' Dirty Bastard to Busta Rhymes. Now, we have Danny Brown, the legendary crazy rapper with one of the most amazing discography in the game.

Danny Brown is a funny guy. In 2013, he was 32 years old -barely four years younger than Kanye West- he was regularly mentioned among the new generation of rappers 2.0, among "kids" who often barely exceeded 20 years of age.

Daniel Dewan Sewell was born in Detroit in 1981. His mother was 17 years ... read more

GelatoM0
78

[78.05] Danny Brown rapping about people wanting, the old Danny Brown. I see Danny on OLD as a hip/hop artist making a hip/hop record, XXX felt like ____ making a hip/hop record if that means anything to anyone else. I like the sound of Danny, the scores here actually more subjective than praise for creativity. XXX will def get another listen cause of this experience on this one, cause most say the previous is better I'm pretty sure cause of the experimentation that is lacking here compared to ... read more

chillyisasleep
78

quite good, that second half isn't that great but i think the last two songs and the first two songs of the second half are great, and the entire first half is amazing

Pengu776
84

this album is an utter mess

but it go hard

79

7.9/10

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Track List

1Side A (Old)
2:23
85
2The Return
3:10
90
325 Bucks
3:30
82
4Wonderbread
1:58
77
5Gremlins
2:05
70
6Dope Fiend Rental
2:55
84
7Torture
3:46
79
8Lonely
2:19
72
9Clean Up
3:01
78
10Red 2 Go
3:18
78
11Side B (Dope Song)
2:36
65
12Dubstep
2:16
70
13Dip
3:31
69
14Smokin & Drinkin
2:53
75
15Break It (Go)
3:12
62
16Handstand
2:55
49
17Way Up Here
2:36
feat. Ab-Soul
52
18Kush Coma
4:41
76
19Float On
3:31
82
Total Length: 56 minutes
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Added on: August 26, 2013