Paul White
Accelerator


4.0
excellent

Review

by cavalrycaptain USER (15 Reviews)
February 10th, 2017 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The hot streak continues

Fresh off the release of his latest album, Detroit rapper Danny Brown has reunited with London producer Paul White for two new songs that largely follow in Atrocity Exhibition's stylistic footsteps.

The EP’s opening cut (the self-titled “Accelerator”) is a natural extension of White’s post-punk production on tracks like “Downward Spiral” and “Golddust”. A rattling beat builds up to a funky bass-laden chorus as Danny raps in a disturbing nursery-rhyme cadence. As the track progresses, distorted guitar and synth are fused into the mix to create a claustrophobic sense of tension. After the build, the gates break open to give way to one final chorus in which Danny’s frantic chanting is mimicked by both guitar and bass. White has said that the production on “Accelerator” is intended to invoke the spirit of “a dirty rock’n’roll record”- a sentiment that is confirmed by the track’s grimy, reverb-drenched production and the lyrics themselves, in which Danny states that “I’m more Black Sabbath, not your average rapper rapping.”

The EP’s other track is “Lion’s Den”- a far more electronic cut that incorporates a female vocal sample in both the beat and the climactic chorus. Elaborating on themes from tracks like “Hell For It,” Danny reflects on his success while also exploring his mortality and addiction. Verses like “you see it half empty, I see it half full” are unusually optimistic for Danny, though they manage to tie in well with the song’s heroic tone and historical/religious allusions. In the song’s hook, Danny compares himself to the Biblical Daniel, who is stuck in a symbolic “lion’s den” of addiction despite his best efforts to escape. Though not as hard-hitting or off-the-wall as the title track, “Lion’s Den” is still a fantastic cut that presents one of Danny’s most familiar themes in an interesting new context.

While some might downgrade the tracks on Accelerator as an insignificant pair of B-sides, these are both exceptionally well-crafted tunes that could definitely hold their own against the highlights of Atrocity Exhibition. Both Danny and White continue to bring their respective A games to rapping and producing, resulting in some of the craziest hip-hop tracks in recent memory. The inclusion of instrumentals showcasing White’s production is another great bonus, since Danny’s distinctive vocals so often take the spotlight. Overall, this EP is a fantastic continuation of Atrocity and will hopefully tide fans over until the next release from these two. Even if it isn’t your cup of tea, there’s no denying that Danny and White are putting out some bat*** crazy work.



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cavalrycaptain
February 10th 2017


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm probably a bit biased since Atrocity Exhibition was my favorite record last year, but I keep being blown away by these two. What do you think about these tracks?

FullOfSounds
February 10th 2017


15578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Didn't read this yet but I thought this EP sucked. And I was a person who loved Atrocity Exhibition

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2017


11561 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sach unsurprisingly already 1d this lol, gonna check in a minute.

FullOfSounds
February 10th 2017


15578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

His beat tape also from this year needs more attention

FullOfSounds
February 10th 2017


15578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Good review, you argued the point well enough to make we want to give this another shot.

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2017


11561 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This squeaking style from Danny seemed a bit more restrained / tolerable on Atrocity but its a real stretch here damn. Prefer his delivery on XXX by far.

FullOfSounds
February 10th 2017


15578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Danny adds absolutely nothing interesting to this imo

TheMrAlexK
February 10th 2017


8768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2017


11561 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Meh this is pretty boring.

FullOfSounds
February 10th 2017


15578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

pretty bad agreed dan

SteveOffProbation
February 10th 2017


1445 Comments


wow this kills literally anything on atrocity

SteveOffProbation
February 10th 2017


1445 Comments


yea that only goes to REAL SPITTERS, like eminem

TheMrAlexK
February 10th 2017


8768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lion's Den is amazing

SteveOffProbation
February 10th 2017


1445 Comments


would not classify brown as a wannabe in any way but ya know

BlushfulHippocrene
February 10th 2017


2013 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked the Accelerator video, will make sure to check.

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MyCarandMyGuitar
February 23rd 2017


2337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Danny is surprisingly weak here

jmh886
March 11th 2017


1858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

these two tracks are dope. hope they keep collaborating.

FullOfSounds
March 11th 2017


15578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Danny is surprisingly weak here [2]

He just feels phoned in

brandontaylor
March 15th 2017


598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the lion's den instrumental is my fave thing on here, danny's additions are alright but im glad they weren't on his last album



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