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Danny Brown


Fifth full-length album from the Detroit experimental hip hop artist featuring guest appearances from Run the Jewels, Obongjayar, Jpegmafia and Blood Orange

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  1. 10.0 |   The Observer

    Brown’s storytelling is as witty as ever, with pungent bars that pop like pimples, spattering tracks with quotable filth. His best work by a distance
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    Succeeds in flipping our expectations of a Danny Brown album, delivering a project that’s masterfully produced and exquisitely executed
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    uknowhatimsayin¿ is the most comfortable Danny Brown has sounded since cartwheeling into the wider public consciousness in 2011
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  4. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    While no song sounds the same, they all exude a similar meditative energy, a far cry from the manic bombast that, to this point, defined the rapper’s discography
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  5. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    On his fifth album, executive-produced by Q-Tip, Danny Brown ascends to a sort of hip-hop classicist nirvana and remains one of the most inventive and dimensional rappers working today
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  6. 8.0 |   Crack

    If Atrocity Exhibition, his first album for Warp, saw Brown push at the edges of his sound, unknowwhatimsaying¿ is the result of those experiments, a conclusion to one era of the Detroit rapper’s discography and the start of something new
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  7. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    On his latest the Detroit rapper elevates the art of self-deprecation to new heights
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    The restless invention and wild energy remains, but his focused, compact fifth record finds the Detroit rapper on clear-eyed and contemplative form
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    An album filled with high class raps and gravity-defying production
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  10. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It's Brown's pen game and ear for production that carry the album's comedic spirit, anchored by technical and stylistic changes
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    A startling insight into how the world looks from the inside one of hip-hop's most original and consistently inventive minds. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Its uvowedly less manic, but uknowhatimsayin¿ still cuts deep. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    uknowhatimsayin¿ is a stylistic switcheroo that brings Brown consistently back to more traditional hip-hop forms for the first time since 2011 album XXX
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    He may look less of a mess, but Brown is still full of sap, celebrating sexual escapades in comic, crowd-pleasing style
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  15. 8.0 |   The 405

    Danny Brown hops lithely out of the downward spiral on the relatively easy-going uknowhatimsayin¿
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  16. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Brown might be drug dealing, stealing and rapping, but he still needs to have clean undies
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  17. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The oddball rapper's sleek, new look is reflected in the aesthetic shift on his new record
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  18. 7.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It's looking unlikely that Danny Brown will ever be caged, but his newest plan of attack is figuring out ways to shake your hand before he throws you out the window of a moving vehicle
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  19. 7.0 |   DIY

    Danny Brown is headed for the jackpot - commercial viability without compromising his unique voice
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  20. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    A spare, principled record that's mostly about hard beats and harder bars
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  21. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    One of the year’s most user-friendly and satisfying rap records
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  22. 7.0 |   The Music

    Will probably only serve as a fun gateway to the talents of Danny Brown if his other albums wigged you out too much
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