June 28, 2012 12:00 AM
" Last year, the Detroit rapper Danny Brown put out a mixtape entitled XXX. Its title was a double entendre of sorts, both a reference to the über-dirty lyrical tendencies of Brown, as well as the fact that Brown was nearing the age of thirty and despite flirtations with stardom (he was a hair away from a record deal with 50 Cent's G-Unit label), just hadn't made it happen for himself yet.
Released on the indie tastemaker Fool's Gold, XXX more or less resuscitated Brown's career and cemented him in hip-hop's landscape. In the past few months, Brown has appeared on the covers of Fader and XXL, as well as become the go-to rapper for the indie rock set. Considering the tenuous cycles of hype that govern the hip-hop landscape, it's not a bad position to be in "
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