4. Danny Brown, Old
Release Date: August 2013
Label: Fools Gold
Producers: Paul White, Oh No, Rustie, Skywlkr, A-Trak, Darq E Freaker, Frank Dukes
Guests: Freddie Gibbs, Schoolboy Q, Mr. MFN Exquire, Scrufizzer, A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, Charli XCX, Purity Ring
Singles: "Dope Song"
Two years ago, we heard Danny Brown's XXX and its unapologetically brash vocals matched to debaucherous, hilarious, and extremely dark lyrics. With the release of tracks like "Black Brad Pitt", "Kush Coma", and "Grown Up" since, we've been gearing up for the release of his album, Old in mid-August.
Even though his Old album drops halfway through that month (the same time XXX did two years earlier), we know it will dominate the summer. Why? There's stacked features from Freddie Gibbs, ScHoolboy Q, Mr MFN Exquire, Scrufizzer, A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, Charli XCX and Purity Ring, and production by Paul White, Rustie, OhNo, A-Trak, and more. And if this "Dope Song" he performed at Coachella is any indication of what to expect? We can't wait. —Lauren Nostro