By Ciaran Vance
Danny Brown draws a crowd similar to Odd Future. Last night at The Arches, there was Supreme hats in abundance, as well as empty backpacks and girls wearing fake Obey beanies and Primark gold chains. Brown’s songs are perfect for the crowd, probably averaging the age of 21. Opening with Break It, Brown’s quick set (he started 15 minutes late, and finished 15 early) was filled with tracks from ‘Old’, his newest album. Two of the songs he played, Kush Coma and Blunt After Blunt, draw huge applause from the crowd, especially after asking the crowd: “How many of y’all smoke weed?” Of course everybody shouts out, eager to please him.
One song he played, Handstand, is another of Brown’s about sex, and the crowd love it. The boy next to me in the crowd can hardly contain himself as Brown chants: “With her hands on the floor and her feet on the wall, she pop that ***** like she ain’t afraid to fall”. As the crowd sing along, Brown stands at the edge of the stage, his tongue out, his afro bouncing from side to side, lapping up the adoring crowd.
Support act Vic Mensa was just as charismatic as Brown. After his DJ warmed up the crowd with a mix including Kanye West’s Bound 2, Mensa came up and was so TU that he fell off the stage. Bouncing up like it never happened, he ripped his shirt off and treated the crowd to Feel That, a brand new song that he dropped on Twitter minutes after the gig.
Overall, with Danny Brown, what you see is what you get. Although Brown will be 33 in March, he’s still a kid at heart.