Danny Brown
XXX


5.0
classic

Review

by Ben Thornburgh CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
June 30th, 2012 | 44 replies | 3,748 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Danny. Party's over you gotta go man... Danny? Danny?!?"

XXX is a sick twisted carnival of truth that you've never visited before, a man with a strange haircut, messed up teeth, and a sinister top hat whose name tag says "Dannny" has been assigned as your tour guide. He takes your ticket, throws it in his mouth, swallows and smiles at you. Welcome.

The first 12 tracks are the fun parts of the carnival, and they’re still terrifying. Weed is served in giant cotton candy bushels (“Blunt After Blunt”), the girls are ready to be rode at all times if you got the tongue for it (“I Will”), the woozy beats are the rides and you puke constantly because of them. Handfuls of drugs are shoved down your throat and all drinks in the party are straight vodka or some other gut punch of a liquor and using a chaser (if you can find anything) gets your ass beat by the freak show (“Bruiser Brigade”). Danny peers down at you from his top hat, “What the f*** I got to lie for?” he says, and it’s that terrifying honesty that carries this record. Part one of XXX is about the best parts of Danny’s life, the most fun he can have in his Detroit ghetto wonderland and he takes such giddy joy in relaying them to you. “Ready to hit the studio and s*** all on your mixtapes… Naw literally, s*** on all your mixtapes!” You laugh at it cause he laughs at it, but something feels off.

Danny takes you to his main office and starts doing drugs with you while This Heat plays in the club downstairs. He looks up from his pile of pills and proclaims himself the "Adderall Admiral". You chuckle nervously and try to relax. Facedown in his pile he says,

“Rewind this and just smoke to it.”

He is not talking about the song. He is talking about the whole album. It’s a warning; things are about to stop being fun. Instantly after that line the curtain is pulled back and the illusion is gone. Everyone sits around in a weed haze, too depressed to move, the girls sob helplessly for their wasted life (“Nosebleeds”, “Party All the Time”), people blame their families for the way they are (“DNA”), members of the Brigade become humans again, with families to mourn them. It’s horrifying to look at it. But Danny. Just. Keeps. Going. The tone is tragic now, but he keeps telling their story with the same phenomenal wordplay, the empty parts of the landscape become symbols of broken homes and trashed potential (“Fields”), and the set repping that was so celebratory not that long ago is now a tragic reminder of everyone that’s been hurt by those gangs (“EWNESW”). Nothing seems fun anymore. You want to go home, you want your mommy, you want something to tell you everything is going to be fine, but Danny just keeps dragging you through it because he knows that sometimes it isn't. It hits the bottom when you, Danny, and his family start stealing aluminum siding and the computers straight out of already resource stricken schools just to survive (“Scrap or Die”).

But wait! It’s all a ride, Danny smiles at you, he knows, and you’re just in time for the firework show. And holy hell, “30” is one of the most amazing album closers I have ever heard. It is a jaw dropping charge back through the album, back through time, into the future, it roars of life and possibility. It screams to be heard, “But I always told myself, that it’s going to get better. You know who you is? You the GREATEST. RAPPER. EVER!” His confidence shoots through the fireworks and blinds you, even if you don’t believe him outright, you believe that he can do it. You believe that he believes he can do it. You believe in Danny Brown, I sure as hell do. After all, what the f*** does Danny have to lie for?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's not perfect, but I think this is the best review I've ever written. And I didnt take that five lightly. If a 5 is an un-fuck-withable classic. This is it. And its goddamn free. I think it's the best mixtape ever made myself. Anywho, I'll be around all day to debate and fix things y'all point out.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yeah, another good recommendation is Back From the Dead by Chief Keef.

Pentagon
June 30th 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not really well written but solid review.

Sleaper
June 30th 2012



3320 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i agree with the 5 and most the stuff ur saying... but its kind of confusing at times and weird.

i did like the read though broooo..


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ZedO
June 30th 2012



1096 Comments


solid summary ;]

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was trying to make a review that was similar to the album. That had the same feeling.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Pentagon and @Pawpnbawtlez

Edited it in a way that makes it easier to read, cut out some of the excess description.

Wolfhorde
June 30th 2012



12070 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wonder if this dude has the same voice IRL.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Who Danny? Watch some interviews, he does.

Wolfhorde
June 30th 2012



12070 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd probably suffer death from laughter meeting a person with that kinda voice.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

He talks in all caps

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Alright I've fixed quite a bit, it definitely reads better now

sniper
June 30th 2012



18957 Comments


interesting review. i'll pos. i think you misinterpreted some of the lyrics though, not that it really matters.

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HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@sniper01

For the sake of discussion... Care to elaborate?

sniper
June 30th 2012



18957 Comments


i'm pretty sure the line "what the fuck i got to lie for?" is tongue in cheek, but you use it a couple times in ways that don't play to that. and the part you talk about not using chasers seems a little weird considering "bruiser brigade" does nothing but talk about drinking beer. but like i said, the review was interesting, and i rather liked it, so no big deal, just my thoughts.

boogs
June 30th 2012



222 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great review great album. I like how the review is similar to a track by track, only better.

trytorememberforget
June 30th 2012



66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gooooood ass review man

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@sniper01 No way man. Lie4 is dead serious, it just sounds goofy. He is brutally honest on this whole record. And the chaser part wasnt about a literal chaser, just commenting on the tone of the record while mentioning BRUISER BRIGADE BITCH, IF YOU AINT PULLIN A NIGGA DICK OUT AND SLAPPIN YOSELF WIT IT. FUCKIN ALL NIGHT AND DRINKIN PROTEIN SHAKES IN THE MORNIN. GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@trytorememberforget and @boogs

Thanks guys! I'm really proud of it.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2012



1592 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also.............

I dont know if anyone noticed this, but the summary is supposed to be a prelude to the song "30"



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