5 Artists Whose Debut Mixtapes Rocked 2011

For his Fool’s Gold debut, Detroit-bred Danny Brown’s audacious voice, chronicling a former dependency on illegal substances makes it one of the most compelling indie releases this year. The title XXX is a play on Brown’s age (30) and suggests sex and drugs, but all this talk about it shouldn’t steer you away. The mixtape is grungy beats, dirty electro, humor and lyrics as he calls it on “Pac Blood,” “shit so personal my mom can’t listen to.” This is underground weirdo rap for the curious listener.

Danny Brown “XXX” by foolsgoldrecs