Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
Sep 27, 2016 (updated Sep 29, 2016)
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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, introspective tracks on the former, and club bangers on the latter.
Now, Danny Brown has his fanbase. He's collaborated with ample musicians with an enormous variety of different styles. And now, after listening and re-listening to Atrocity Exhibition, I can say that he's lost his fucking mind.
This LP is, from what I can tell with my past experience with hip hop, completely unique. Brown created his own sound, revolving mainly around samples from alternative rock songs; many of the beats include heavy plunderphonics elements as well, switching tempos and pitch randomly along with completely different sounds coming in. The production on tracks like Ain't It Funny are fast paced and noisy, while other production techniques are airy, ethereal, and even include vocals to back up Danny's rapping, with From the Ground being the prime example.
Moving away from the stellar work behind the boards, there is equally stellar work from inside the booth. Danny Brown's "hybrid" approach to rapping is the most memorable part of this record, as it has been for many years. Whether he is calm and collected (Tell Me What I Don't Know) or absolutely batshit crazy (When It Rain), the way he verbalizes his lyrics sets him apart from every single other rapper in the game right now. His lyrics on this LP do tend to stay in the realm of drugs and eccentric behavior, hell he included an entire track that talks about the benefits of marijuana, but there are some personal topics discussed scattered around Atrocity Exhibition.
I am utterly blown away by this project. I have been anticipating new music from Brown for the last couple years, and I'm so happy to say that I'm not at all disappointed. He's pushing the boundaries of what conventional hip hop can be, and I really don't know anyone else who could do it better.

fav tracks: Tell Me What I Don't Know, Rolling Stone, Pneumonia (standout, most frequented track of this year so far), Dance in the Water, From the Ground (standout), When It Rain, Get Hi
least fav track (if i HAD to pick one): Really Doe (would have been better if Ab-Soul was cut out, however this is still an amazing song)
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Sep 29, 2016
Great review as always bro
Sep 29, 2016
appreciate that man
Sep 30, 2016
exception how I love thee
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