Danny Brown - OLD
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2013 Ratings: #15 / 958
Year End Rank: #22
User Score
Based on 600 ratings
2013 Ratings: #97
October 8, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

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.

90
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.

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 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.

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. 

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
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.

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
Consequence of Sound

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

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
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.

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.

WhatTheFunk
80
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
thebibleparttwo
35
god this is so overrated
LepardRyan
85
Y'all sleep on this cuz fantano told you to like the purple album instead smh
Plats
79
"OLD" isn't nearly as good as his more experimental works and Side B suffers from the club banger cliches of 2013, but it's still a very fun, energetic record with great verses from Danny and some of his best bangers yet. It's also a great segway into his next record.

Fav Tracks: 25 Bucks, Lonely, Old, Float On, The Return, Smokin & Drinkin, Dope Song, Dope Fiend Rental, Torture, Clean Up

Least Fav Track: Break It [Go]

Score:
7.9
Very Good
TreyLikesBands
80
Great

The title of this record is quite the opposite of the sound itself. While the first side has some old-school hip-hop beats and mixes, the second side goes off the walls with electronic overtones and booming bass. Quite the double-sided coin, this one.

Color: Black
FAV TRACKS: Dip, Lonely, Torture, The Return, Side A [Old], 25 Bucks, Dope Fiend Rental, Handstand, Side B [Dope Song]
LEAST FAV: Kush Coma, Smokin & Drinkin
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Track List

  1. Side A (Old) [prod. Paul White]
  2. The Return [ft. Freddie Gibbs] [prod. Paul White]
  3. 25 Bucks [ft. Purity Ring] [prod. Corin Roddick]
  4. Wonderbread [prod. Paul White]
  5. Gremlins [prod. Oh No]
  6. Dope Fiend Rental [ft. Schoolboy Q] [prod. Skywlkr]
  7. Torture [prod. Oh No]
  8. Lonely [prod. Paul White]
  9. Clean Up [prod. Paul White]
  10. Red 2 Go [prod. Oh No]
  11. Side B (Dope Song) [prod. Rustie]
  12. Dubstep [ft. Scrufizzer] [prod. Skywlkr]
  13. Dip [prod. Skywlkr]
  14. Smokin & Drinkin [prod. A-Trak & JMIKE]
  15. Break It (Go) [prod. Rustie]
  16. Handstand [prod. Darq E. Freaker]
  17. Way Up Here [ft. Ab-Soul] [prod. Rustie]
  18. Kush Coma [ft. A$AP Rocky and Zelooperz] [prod. Skywlkr]
  19. Float On [ft. Charli XCX] [prod. Frank Dukes]
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