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Old (2013)

Artist: Danny Brown
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Format: CD
Sku: 255201601
UPC: 075597957815
UPC 14: 00075597957815
Release Date: 10/8/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Side a (Old)
2. Return, The ~ (featuring Freddie Gibbs)
3. 25 Bucks ~ (featuring Purity Ring)
4. Wonderbread
5. Gremlins
6. Dope Fiend Rental ~ (featuring ScHoolboy Q)
7. Torture
8. Lonely
9. Clean Up
10. Red 2 Go
11. Side B (Dope Song)
12. Dubstep ~ (featuring Scrufizzer)
13. Dip
14. Smokin' & Drinkin'
15. Break It (Go)
16. Handstand
17. Way Up Here ~ (featuring Ab
18. Kush Coma ~ (featuring A$AP Rocky)
19. Float On ~ (featuring Charli XCX)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Kingsway Studio, Toronto, ON; The Kitchen Studios, Detroit, MI; The Space Pit, Brooklyn, NY; The Toy Shop, London, UK.
Muze PNote Photographer: Josh Wehle.
Muze PNote 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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Freddie Gibbs
Muze Guest Artist Purity Ring
Muze Guest Artist ScHoolboy Q
Muze Guest Artist Scrufizzer
Muze Guest Artist Ab Soul
Muze Guest Artist A$AP Rocky
Muze Guest Artist Charli XCX

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

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Long Live Asap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Russian Roulette(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Long Live Asap
Muze Music Compilations Long Live Asap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BLOCK BROCHURE:WELCOME TO THE SOIL V5(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pinata
Muze Music Compilations Green Language
Muze Music Compilations Perfect Hair
Muze Music Compilations SHADYXV (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Shadyxv
Muze Music Compilations Relax
Muze Music Compilations Let It Go
Muze Music Compilations SOUR SOUL(Explicit Version)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/08/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5372872
Music Label Name Label : ADA
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075597957815

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-

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Brown,Danny
Product attributeLabel:   ADA
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