Old CD (2013)

Artist: Danny Brown

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Label ADA
SKU 255201601
UPC 075597957815
UPC 14 00075597957815
Format CD
Release Date 10/8/2013
Author Danny Brown
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Technical Info
CatalogID 5372872
Lable Name ADA
Released 10/08/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 56m : 36s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075597957815
Musical Guests
Freddie Gibbs
Purity Ring
ScHoolboy Q
Ab Soul
A$AP Rocky
Charli XCX
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Kingsway Studio, Toronto, ON; The Kitchen Studios, Detroit, MI; The Space Pit, Brooklyn, NY; The Toy Shop, London, UK.
Photographer: Josh Wehle.
Dubbed the Hybrid as soon as he came onto the scene, Detroit rapper Danny Brown offered manic and mighty hype tracks (with his patented and chirpy "high voice") along with deeper, more meaningful tales of the hood (delivered in his "low voice"). That nickname also became the title of a 2010 street release, but it would have been better saved for this, as Old hits the golden ratio of Brown's bonkers and brilliance. Dividing the release in golden age vinyl style, "Side A (Old)" kicks things off with the throwback rhyme "Got my young, light skin rollin' up the trees/Wearin' jackets in the house, it's the Michigan way" as the MTV regular and Scion A/V-sponsored star is transported back to his early days for an album's side worth of tracks. Freddie Gibbs fits perfectly on "The Return," which plays up Brown's concept of a throwback album, while the thoroughly modern production and guest appearance of Purity Ring messes with time as Brown gets posted on the corner with old friends and old enemies. With the over-the-top and infectious "Wonderbread" hitting full hype, "Lonely" doing the Kid Cudi thing with weed offering spacemen relief, "Gremlins" connecting the dots between old Detroit and Earl Sweatshirt's Doris, plus the great "Torture" finding producer Oh No modernizing the Diplomats sound for Brown's enjoyment, "side one" already equals an excellent LP, and the futuristic, post-XXX-minded "side two" does not disappoint. Great things happen as "Dubstep" borrows the genre's name and then attacks it with wit and glitch, "Dip" displays why he's the wit-lovers rapper with one drop of "Like Lieutenant Dan, I'm rollin'," then an album-ending trilogy brings Ab-Soul, A$AP Rocky, and Charli XCX aboard for a series of cuts that are more than the sum of their parts. The album's title -- which flows perfectly after his 2012 single "Grown Up" -- is referenced on the Charli XCX track when "Float On" finds Brown wondering how hip-hop will see his work once he's old, but with other lines like "Music in my heart, but my thoughts wouldn't listen" and "I'm tormented with the things I've seen with these eyes," he need not fret. Luckily, he does, and 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. If XXX was the come-up and the "Grown Up" single was the breakthrough, this is the masterpiece. ~ David Jeffries
Artist Overview
Danny Brown is a Detroit MC who embraced his unique hood/hipster personality, took full advantage of social media, and -- fueled by his experiences with drug dealing and drug taking, as well as a wicked sense of humor -- delivered some of the most vivid and side-splitting rhymes of his era. Brown (real last name: Sewell) surfaced during the mid-2000s as a member of Reser'vor Dogs. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.79) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The production is vivid, trippy and abrasive, bleeding the line between hip-hop and EDM -- a sound as compellingly haywire as Brown is an MC."
Entertainment Weekly (p.64) - "OLD positively vibrates with Brown's nasally helter-skelter energy." -- Grade: A-
Disc 1
1 Side a (Old)
2 Return, The
3 25 Bucks
4 Wonderbread
5 Gremlins
6 Dope Fiend Rental
7 Torture
8 Lonely
9 Clean Up
10 Red 2 Go
11 Side B (Dope Song)
12 Dubstep
13 Dip
14 Smokin' & Drinkin'
15 Break It (Go)
16 Handstand
17 Way Up Here
18 Kush Coma
19 Float On
Product Attributes
Artist Brown,Danny
Label ADA

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