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Born Daniel Dewan Sewell on March 16, 1981, Danny Brown is a rapper from Detroit. He is known for his distinctive voice, which can go from a low growl to a high screech, his party boy persona (epitomized in XXX), and disheveled . . . no, insane appearance. After releasing a series of mixtapes, including Browntown and Hot Soup, he released his debut album, The Hybrid, which received almost no recognition. Then he released XXX, which gained critical acclaim and turned Danny Brown into an indie darling. Since XXX, he is now one of the main rappers from the Midwest scene and is the face of Fool’s Gold Records, his label. He has also been featured on albums by artists like El-P, A$AP Rocky, and . . . Purity Ring.

His third album, Old, was released October 8, 2013.


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  • Badass Baritone: He can sound like this when he feels like it, and usually only does so when the music gets serious.
  • Badass Boast: He gives some really good ones in his less self-loathing material.
    "You have no clue like toy stores without board games
    But when I paint pictures I'm dipping brushes in war paint"
  • Black Comedy: this line from 30 is Danny Brown’s take on comedic abortion:
    Fucked a pregnant bitch, she saved money on her abortion!
  • Boastful Rap: Quite a few straight examples, though he also subverts it frequently to show the flaws of his self-destructive lifestyle.
  • Comedy Rap: Most of his lyrics are not meant to be taken seriously, which is lost by some people. When it comes to his non-comedy fare, however, most of it is dead serious, frequently to the point of severe Mood Whiplash.
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  • Cluster F-Bomb: there is no denying that Danny Brown uses fuck very fucking liberally and in every grammatical context.
  • Concept Album: XXX has a loose conceptual theme, with the early tracks being hedonistic Boastful Rap about sex, drugs, and self-aggrandizing that gradually becomes more and more self-aware and insecure before shifting to stark and honest songs about uncontrolled addiction, urban poverty, and the inevitable outcomes of self-destructive escapist lifestyles.
  • Darker and Edgier: Atrocity Exhibition, at least in comparison to Old.
  • Dark Reprise: "30" is this to "XXX"; the latter is a boastful but insecure and self-aware mission statement, while the former is a terrified and desperate plea for everything to finally come together because he is all out of other options, and he audibly breaks down on the final few bars.
  • Distinct Double Album: Old. The first half is a mix of The Hybrid and XXX soundwise and mostly sticks to personal, introspective lyrical themes, while the second half is devoted to what could best be described as twisted party/club anthems with heavy grime and dancehall influences.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: During one of Danny's shows in 2013, a fan pulled his pants down and started performing oral sex on him. His friend and tourmate Kitty Pryde wrote an article about this where she pointed out in no uncertain terms that contrary to what people seemed to think at the time, this was sexual assault, but nobody seemed to think that because it was a woman doing it to a man. (She also said that Danny had almost no options at the time because pushing the fan away would have had people saying he assaulted her, and would also have led to people mocking him for not wanting a blowjob, even one from a complete stranger.)
  • Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: personified in XXX.
  • Lighter and Softer:uknowhatimsayin¿ compared to Atrocity Exhibition.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: He has a fairly wide vocal range, going from his trademark squawk all the way down to a Badass Baritone, to the point where he can sound like two different people on the same song.
  • Meaningful Name: Also a Punny Name, the album name XXX refers to Danny Brown’s age at the time, the party boy lyrics that comes off as a midlife crisis, and, of course, the content.
    • Old seems to be both a nod at a continuation of this theme and a response to fans of The Hybrid who kept calling for the "old Danny Brown".
      • Old is both a continuation of XXX (with one party half and a more somber half) and a call back to the more serious The Hybrid. Ironically, The Hybrid would be a more apt title.
  • Mood Whiplash: XXX made an artform out of this, frequently alternating between over-the-top comedic sex raps and incredibly dark, depressing, and deeply personal fare.
  • Motor Mouth: Danny himself occasionally delves into this ("Kush Coma" is a good example), but Scrufizzer's guest spot on "Dubstep" is ludicrously fast and exceedingly difficult to follow even with the lyrics handy.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: "25 Bucks", in which Danny describes starting to deal drugs out of necessity as his family's life falls apart and his mother is unable to keep it together.
  • Refuge in Audacity: compared to his earlier releases and … the rest of rap music in general, XXX comes off as this. I Will epitomizes this by being a whole song about cunnilingus.
  • Sampling: "Side a (Old)" is a somewhat meta example, since the title track has a sample from "New Era", the third track from the Hybrid.
    • Played straight with Dip, off of Old, which samples Freak Nasty's Da Dip.
  • Soprano and Gravel: All in one rapper.
  • The Stoner: I'm smoking blunt after blunt after blunt...
  • Stylistic Suck: Radio Song features a beat so phoned-in that for the most part, it sounds mechanically generated.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: Grown Up and Thank God, also all of uknowhatimsayin¿ compared to the rest of his work.
  • Take That!: in 30, Danny Brown inadvertently insults people who would later jump on the XXX bandwagon:
    Dropped a couple mixtapes on the net
    And niggas tried to front like it wasn’t all that
    But guess what bitch I’m coming back
    Guess what bitch I’m coming back
  • Uncommon Time: Most of the instrumentals Danny raps over on Atrocity Exhibition are incredibly odd and somewhat even clash with his flow, but special mention goes to ''Pneumonia'' and ''Golddust''.