Label: Fool's Gold Records

On XXX, Danny Brown takes pride in exposing his scars and mistakes, making no apologies for who he is or where he comes from. The album is a vividly illustrated and, at times, uncomfortably naked look at everything that's made the Detroit spitter who he is.

The production is mainly uptempo and electro-infused, a perfect match for Danny's brash, unorthodox style of rapping. He spits out painful memories and reflections of drug use and struggle with a disconcertingly blithe, humorous attitude. Though the subject matter is gritty, there's no trace of self-loathing or reaching for sympathy. XXX is the perfect introduction to a welcome newcomer.