The Hybrid is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Danny Brown, released March 16, 2010. The album, which was preceded by a number of free mixtapes, was also released as a free download, by Washington, DC record label Rappers I Know. The label later published the album on vinyl. A deluxe edition of the album was released for sale on Amazon, on January 18, 2011, and later on iTunes, on February 8, 2011, via Hybrid Music. This music collective is what led Fool's Gold founder Nick Catchdubs, to sign Danny Brown to his indie record label. The album received critical acclaim, critics highly praising Brown's unique rapping style, and the production.