Into His Zone: Danny Brown impresses at Encore [Review]
Edmonton, AB – On August 9, our friends at Nightshift Entertainment brought Danny Brown to Encore to perform live for the first time in Edmonton. This was a big moment for Danny’s fans from YEG, as his first attempt to roll through Edmonton was unsuccessful (he was denied at the border during the 2 High 2 Die tour, in fall 2013 – and also in 2012).
DJ Grizz and Dizzy (both locals) teamed up to host the night. As usual Grizz’s set did not disappoint. Danny Brown’s eccentric style of hip-hop points in the direction of EDM / Trap; with that said – Grizz did a clean job of mixing the genres to cater to the crowd’s taste. Around 11:00 p.m. the local openers took to the stage which included; Chubby C & Domino, Parallel, The Untouchables, Nasty Boys, Rome Angel (accompanied by K-Blitz), Prince Gill, and Mitchell Lawler & Conch. Unfortunately due to timing of the show, each opening act was cut down to two songs per set. However, they made the most of the short time they had and kept the crowd live for the headliner.
Shortly before 12:30 a.m., all of the opening acts had wrapped up. “Danny Brown!” “Danny Brown!” echoed through the crowd of extremely-anxious young 20-somethings. It was finally time. Danny took the stage, with the company of SKYWLKR backing up his set (SKYWLKR played a big part in the production of Brown’s albums XXX and Old). Rocking out in all-black everything attire – Danny consumed us with a non-stop energetic performance. What was also enjoyable to watch was the relationship between SKYWLKR and Danny. I’ve covered a number of live shows and this is the first time I’ve seen a DJ and an MC so in-tune with each other. As cliche as it sounds; it was almost as if they were one person.
Danny had very little interaction with the audience (which is something I generally look for in a performance). It wasn’t until close to the end of his 45 minute set, when he finally gave the crowd a solid “What’s up Edmonton!”, followed by an introduction and his infamous (and infectious) giggle. However, with performance he gave us – how could he even stop for chit-chat? In my opinion, it just proved what we already knew; Danny is a true artist. And what we saw was a true artist in his element. I don’t think the audience felt any type of way about it either; their reception was just as dynamic as he was. They jumped and rapped along to high-powered hits like; “Smokin & Drinkin”, “Handstand”, “I Will”, “Dope Song”, “Kush Coma”, “25 Bucks”, and finished off the night with with Danny’s classic smash “Dip.”
If there was an official “Rock Star” title in hip-hop, then Danny Brown – without a doubt – would claim it. His style is cutting edge, the intensity in his stage presence is on point, and when he brings out those horns and the tongue? Well – when else do you see that in hip-hop?
Words and photography by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada
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Tags: Chubby C & Domino, Danny Brown, Dizzy, DJ Grizz, Encore, K-Blitz, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, Nasty Boys, Nightshift Entertainment, Parallel, Pearl Entertainment, Prince Gill, Rome Angel, SKYWLKR, The Untouchables