04/09/2012 05:06 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2012

Danny Brown Town

When Danny Brown tells us that he raps for his inner 12-year-old, we believe him. Brown delivers his lyrics in an aggressive, almost menacing tone, accompanied by addictive beats and baselines. The content of his rap ranges from mischievous, sly jokes--in the song "Baseline," Danny describes his "red-haired ho, I call Molly Ringwald, she likes to do a lot of molly and bring adderall"--to the occasional social commentary (on his song "Juno" Danny raps about pregnant teenage girls, "Nobody else care, 'cause 2Pac ain't there"). With songs such as "Die Like a Rockstar," Danny Brown is a welcome alternative to today's cheesy, dance-floor pop-rap.

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