Danny Brown could be the best indie rapper out there right now. He began his rapping career in his hometown of Detroit in 2003, and gained interest from Roc-A-Fella Records and G-Unit Records at separate points over the next several years but was never signed to either one. 50 Cent didn’t want to sign Danny because of his fitted jeans: “He liked the music, but he didn’t like the way I looked,” Brown told MTV in 2011. Apparently, his style of rapping and his style of dress are both unique to the hip-hop world.
Even though the way he does things may be different from his peers in the rap game, it works and that shows on his 3rd full-length album, Old. The album, released yesterday on independent label Fool’s Gold Records, is a must-listen. As someone who was relatively unfamiliar with Danny Brown’s music until recently, I was hooked after listening to the first track of Old. Brown’s fast, fluid, and somewhat goofy style of rhyming meshes perfectly with beats that remind me of Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. My favorite thing about Danny Brown’s unique tone and rhyming style is that it’s quick yet very articulate.
The album also paints him in a different light. While Danny Brown has always been perceived as goofy, Old gives listeners an inside look into the rapper’s childhood and the wild ride he’s been on throughout his rap career. A review of the album by Paste properly sums it up: “Old dispels the shallow views of Brown and paints the rapper in a humanizing and relatable way.”
Tune in to Tha Fixx Radio on SXSWfm today at noon, 6pm, & 12am CDT to hear some of Danny Brown’s new album. Like I said above, it’s a must-listen. You can tune in on your smartphone or desktop, just click here to launch the SXSWfm player.
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