By Chris Mench
The crowd at Greensboro’s Greene Street Club certainly looked like they were there to see Danny Brown—it was a sea of gauged ears and ripped jeans—and yet the opening moments of the concert came with a girlish giggle and twinkling beats. Internet sensation Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde) floated onstage and wowed them anyway. Her cherubic stage presence stood in contrast to her spitfire flow and sassy demeanor. Despite some initial skepticism, Kitty won the crowd over with songs like “Okay Cupid” and “Dead Island,” showing a cross-appeal that was impressive considering the audience for which she performed.
Of course, the audience was in fact there to see Danny Brown, and his emergence took them to another level. He launched into hard-hitting cuts like “Die Like a Rockstar” and “Radio Song” from his breakout album XXX, rapping in the squawking, demented tone for which he is so famous. Turning things up with his crew anthem “Bruiser Brigade,” Danny fervently commanded the crowd.
The stage was flooded with female fans for the performance of “I Will,” his raunchy ode to cunnilingus. Kitty joined in the fun, dancing onstage with the girls. Despite appearing increasingly inebriated, Danny’s intensity never left. He ripped his way through “Monopoly” with his trademark swagger, while fans climbed onstage to bro-hug him before diving back into the crowd or getting shoved off by security. At the end of the song, someone threw him a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, referencing the song’s (not suitable for print) final line.
After fan-favorite “Blunt After Blunt,” Danny stopped to thank the crowd for coming out. “And what happens after you’ve been smoking blunt after blunt after blunt? You’re gonna be in a Kush Coma” he laughed, and launched into the song of the same name off his upcoming album Old. As the final notes rang out, Danny left the stage amid a flurry of shoving girls and flailing limbs. The crowd shuffled out, looking spent. Overall, Danny commanded the crowd with his primal energy and bonkers delivery, making for one unhinged, entertaining evening that showcased he and Kitty at their best.