Danny Brown WayAway Stage, Oro-Medonte ON, July 28

Danny BrownWayAway Stage, Oro-Medonte ON, July 28
Photo: Rick Clifford
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Detroit, Michigan rapper Danny Brown took the stage at WayHome for a crowd that had just dug holes into its shoes, courtesy of the undeniable groove in Justice's neighbouring set. Best known for his individuality, Brown's odd presence in the contemporary music sphere was established quickly with his enthusiastic eccentricity, and it was that magnetic force that rallied the audience to his stage at full throttle.
 
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.