The walk over from Justice to Danny Brown was a stroll through an electric forest, and the pounding sub felt like an incantation that broke the crowd from the spell Justice had cast. As it changed the gears from funk-tinged electro to hash-laced hip-hop for the audience, the Detroit rapper's voice carried over a booming, downtempo bass. Brown's stage commanded attention with a heavy sub whose looming and punctual thud became an incubator that quickly had the audience in a chokehold.
His performance of 2013 hit "Dip" was a highlight in Brown's setlist. As it spurred rowdy karaoke from the crowd, it became clear that everyone was still eager to follow Brown where he led, despite the late hour. Concluding his set with "Attak" — his anthemic collaboration with Glasgow producer Rustie — an enveloping cloud of smoke wafted over the crowd, and established the performance as a sweetly paralyzing end to the first evening of WayHome's 2017 edition.