Published Jul 26, 2015Hyping the crowd with tracks like Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in da Paint" and A$AP Ferg's "Shabba Ranks," it was a full ten minutes before Danny Brown emerged from the side of the stage, decked out all in black. "My name is Daniel," he said, cackling into the mic.
Metal sign in the air and tongue wagging out of his mouth, Brown cuts an odd figure onstage — a helium-voiced MC with a shit-eating grin, his persona borders on a Dave Chappelle character. Building off of MDMA-laced beats, tracks like "Dope Song," "Smokin' and Drinkin'" and "Lie4" set the crowd off, but the jazzy vibes of Tribe homage "Grown Up" felt out of place. Anyone looking for something more street level would have been sorely disappointed.
One fan felt the need to take things to the next level; somehow working her way onto the stage, a girl with seapunk green hair started twerking on stage during "I Will." Surprised but undaunted, Brown worked the guest appearance into the performance, before swiftly booting her from the stage.
Brown is a singular MC with a magnetic stage presence, able to deliver filthy lines about sex and still have both genders eating out of the palm of his hand. "You screaming 'Danny Brown,'" he quipped at the end of his set, "but I might be out there stealing your bitch."