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The 30 Most Lyrical Rap Songs of the Last 5 Years

13. Danny Brown "XXX" (2011)


Danny Brown is kind of a trip (in the way that Tara Reid is "kind of" a joke), and the first half of XXX is a tour de force of the absurd. Perhaps the reason why "XXX" resonates is because of how it takes Brown's ridiculous character and molds it into this humane figure. Within the span of a verse, Brown mentions Squidward, The Matrix, slavery, and Sam Cooke. It's wide-ranging, but manages to never sound cluttered. Danny Brown sounds focused, and most importantly, grounded in the middle of a storm. —Brian Josephs

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