25 Reasons Why Danny Brown is the MVP of 2012

25 Reasons Why Danny Brown is the MVP of 2012


CHECK!!! The Adderall Admiral has become one of the most fascinating non-mainstream artists of the past few years. Like many young/new rappers, Danny Brown took the post-Hot Boyz Lil’ Wayne template and flooded the Internet with music. But where many just over-saturate the market with redundant and half-assed work, Danny sounds like it’s the last time he’s going to get the opportunity to rap on a song; an urgency within every bar.

Sure his charisma—the hair, the fashion sense, the freaky tales of drugs and sex—add to his persona as a rapper. But that’s  all just the window dressing. Beneath the ’80s hair band rocker starring in a ’70s blaxploitation flick is a layered and complex artist who is one of the most stylistically and technically gifted rappers to rock mics in any era.

Danny Brown has the acute ability to cannibalize trends to feed his aesthetic base and regurgitate one of the most natural, yet guttural, rap approaches of recent memory. He’s the most lucid sexcapades rapper since Ghostface, he’s single-handedly reinvigorated punchline rap by being funny and vulgar, and he fears no beat. He spits over boom-bap, trap, ambient, minimal, and electro sounds like he’s the Honey Boo Boo clan at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Danny’s vocal inflections/characters just are the sweetener to an already flavorful repertoire of flows and content. He sub-structs despair, hope, fantasy, social awareness, street life, and desire in crude and pornographic montages of life that has few equals in a time where many rappers hardly rap: nothing more than vocal ornaments to beats.

But Danny Brown is the whole damn Christmas tree lighting the rave for a supposed coming apocalypse. So if you’re one of the unfortunates who complain about his nasally high-pitched voice or how his tight pants and outlandish outfits make you uncomfortable, jump ship here and click elsewhere. But if you love the art of rap, get ready to have your mouse put to work for the next hour.

We have compiled all of Danny’s digital-12s and guest spots to highlight how, without even dropping an album in 2012, he is this year’s MVP. Whether it be alongside Heems, A$AP Mob, Ab Soul or Don Trip, or rocking dolo over Araab, Evil Nine or Darq E Freaker, Danny Brown showed us why he’s the “microphone methadone”. Here at Potholes we do it for the people… STYLE!

Click below to find out why Danny’s our MVP of 2012.

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  1. gptp
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 21:52:00

    Yup. The 2 best rappers in the game are white….

  2. Jessy Pheng
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 21:07:00

    it grows on you have you tried re listening?

  3. pavel
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 19:14:00

    yeye he stayed true especially with these songs featuring with Drake and 2chainz… fuckin true

    His next LP will be total trash even more than this horrible one … because label push him to even more commercial way just wait and observe on the other hand El-P and Aesop stay on their path for around 15 years… so do your research if you wanna piss on modest hip hop artists

  4. Nick Carefoot
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 07:09:00

    They both good but EL-P’s album made me paranoid as fuck so I couldn’t even come to his show when he came to Vancouver (regret). But I think Danny B is def MVP of the year as far as the artform is concerned monetary system aside I listen to more Danny Brown than any other artist at this moment. And C4C is dope as hell but I still think DB is on some raw shit.

  5. Popped A Molly
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 23:36:00

    hipster phaggot

  6. YallRsomeBrokeBois
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 23:34:00

    lol el p is trash, its more of CAC music
    shit is boring
    rap music is dope doe
    kendrick is dope teh fuck u probably one of them “real hip hop” niggas
    skelethon is boring album too gtfo w/ur emo trash bruh

    kendrick mvp = he stayed true to himself and dropped aoty n look how many units hes pushed. nigga went gold

  7. pavel
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 16:30:00

    nono guys, Danny is definitelly NOT MVP of 2012, it’s just because he didnt drop any regular LP, don’t get me wrong i love XXX and love Danny but he is not MVP this year no way…Who is MVP is pretty obvious .. it’s EL-P. It’s crystal clear because C4C is beasty album and production on R.A.P Music is scary great too.. so I digg for EL-P and pls GTFO with Kendrick this guys is overrated as hell I don’t get it all that hype around good boy maad city (whatever). Also i think the best album this year is Skelethon, it’s maybe because my never ending obssesion with Aesop so yeah I think skelethon is my no. 1

    and finally I want to thank you potholes staff… you showed me Exalted… most underated, under rader hip hop LP this year i love it so far

  8. WWW
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 15:15:00

    Damn, that’s terrible.

  9. Đ℞ΞV/
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 13:31:00

    What I’d give to meet Danny Brown.

  10. frank_be
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 11:59:00

    Yes thankfully ur in the minority. And ur going to be disappointed in ODB because Skywalker is the main producer again

  11. frank_be
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 11:58:00

    It’s a fair score. It’s. Great l.p. with some flaws

  12. frank_be
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 11:57:00

    Ur welcome

  13. Geoff El Terich
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 11:42:00

    damn i thought i had all his features…thanks!

  14. Daniel
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 11:30:00

    I can’t believe you only gave The Hybrid 4 mics.

  15. Andrew Martin
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 10:40:00

    Yes, Kendrick had a fantastic year, but Danny had one, too, and WITHOUT dropping an album.

  16. Sosa
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 09:43:00

    lol no how is dis nigga the mvp gtfo

    kendrick >>>>

  17. WWW
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 09:22:00

    I’m probably the only hip-hop listener who didn’t like XXX at all. The futuristic production was unlistenable to me and Danny didn’t go that hard. Actually his flow/voice were super annoying at some points That being said, I love The Hybrid and Danny is a funny ass dude. I hope his next album is better and doesn’t have
    SKYWLKR’s terrible production all over it.

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