5. He does gangsta rap well.
He's an involving storyteller who never shrinks from stomach-churning imagery. Contrast him with his neighbor to the south, Chicago folk hero Chief Keef, who deals entirely in clichés and unmoving doublespeak.
6. Future’s Honest will likely dominate the fall.
While Fut is awesome, Old should be a nice change of pace from all the preening sensitivity and firefly synths.
7. The only other nationally visible Detroit rappers are Eminem and Big Sean.
Em is a word ninja and Sean is alright in small doses, but Old will almost certainly be better and more emblematic of the real, immiserated Detroit.
8. Brown is the one MC who can get away with referencing molly.
The miracle powder commonly touted at raves. He’s just allergic to sounding corny.