Danny Brown + Kitty - Irving Plaza - 5/7/13

Categories: Last Night


His set itself was solid: missing not one beat, he blasted through lines with vicious precision, pacing the stage appearing far lazier than his lyrical delivery suggested. Mostly the set consisted of XXX cuts and new stuff that will appear on his studio album Old later this year, with a few dips into older material and collaborations like Evil 9 cut "Black Brad Pitt" and Trampy-assisted "Express Yourself." About halfway through the set, he lost a little steam physically, but the crowd seemed to neither notice nor care: finally free of Kitty's female oppression, they roiled like waves in a thunderstorm, occasionally breaking into hardcore pits where it was hard to tell the difference between people actively throwing punches (they did, on several occasions) and those simply flinging themselves around. There were maybe 20 women in the crowd of hundreds; their cheer when Danny gave a shout-out to "especially all the females" was bleak.

Back to the Kitty thing: unless he was willfully ignoring the rest of the night via kush coma, there's no way Brown could have missed how the crowd treated his opener. On the one hand, Kitty is a big girl who ought to be able to carry her own weight on a tour like this; it's part of the deal. On the other, it would be cool, for once, to watch a rapper as currently beloved as Danny Brown come out and straight-up eviscerate those crowd members who tried to make his "baby girl Kitty" (his words) feel small and shitty and unsafe after she penned 1,500 words (and over the past year, likely thousands more) ripping into his critics. Throughout their relationship, despite her insistence that they are friends, Brown hasn't put half as much work into that friendship as one might expect; where she crows about his talents, he keeps quiet about hers. Her aesthetic and loyalty to him amplify his image, but when she took the heat last night for the shit that happened to him in Minneapolis? I'd like to think his line "Thanks for giving it up for my baby girl Kitty" was a cloaked jab at the clowns who thought it was funny to chant SUCK HIS DICK at her, but no one with a brain is naïve enough to think it could've been successful.

Sure, he's got vastly more to lose, but as he loves to point out, at 32, Danny Brown is "old." If that is in fact as old as he says it is, it should be old enough to not put up with this shit anymore. He spits fire, he sends his audience spinning into a nearly unmatched frenzy even as he flops, half-exhausted, through songs like the A-Trak collaboration "Piss Test." If he'd chastised them for their attitude towards Kitty, he might've gotten a few boos, but what successful rapper hasn't? In 2013, the man has power, and authority, and respect. That he ignored an opportunity to use that respect for good last night, for whatever reason, is a shame.


Critical Bias:
I kind of hope Kitty decides to be a columnist instead of a rapper

Random Notebook Dump:
Danny's loose-fitting cotton ensemble: Netflix-marathon chic?

See Also:
The Top 20 NYC Rap Albums of All Time: The Complete List
Hip-Hop's 25 Best Weed Songs



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Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

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skyblue
skyblue

Everytime i see Kitty do something with her lip, her lower lip is colored blue or something.

garvinIII71
garvinIII71

Village Voice (as if I'm speaking to an individual), please don't continue to allow idiots such as the author of this piece write for you. Thank-you.

aowens378
aowens378

Although I agree with you that it would have been nice to see Danny come on stage and defend his opener (Kitty), the tone and overall quality of this piece makes it hard for me to resonate with any of it. For example, "his now-infamous redemption myth" is a really confusing phrase. How is his story infamous? And what makes it a myth? Also, "Better than: Something scarier that could've happened, probably"...I have no fucking clue what that means.

Also, it's not his job to castigate that audience for fucking with his opener. Any performer that's been in the music industry for more than a couple of years knows that opening for someone is ultimately a good career move, but that doesn't mean it's going to be fun. 99% of the audience is not there to see you. You can always count on being ignored, and occasionally you can expect to be treated like shit. 

SchlomoGoldbergstein
SchlomoGoldbergstein

Good goyim, pay money to see racial mixers scream monkey babble and perform degenerate sex acts on stage!

KillFeminism
KillFeminism

Men are biologically the dominant gender so feminists should just shut the fuck up and stay away from men gatherings if they're only looking for trouble.

dcdecibel
dcdecibel

She kind of acted the same way at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday. Kind of lazy rapping, but she didn't seem all that interested in performing and sort of shrugged herself off stage. I didn't hear anyone heckling her inre "The Minneapolis Affair," but then again I wasn't listening all that hard (to her or to them.) That being said, Kitty pulled some girls on stage for Danny's last song and I climbed up to escape this kid who kept on trying to grope me. I love Danny's music and I love seeing him live, but I'm not sure I can deal with fans who behave that way (or say things like fuck off you feminist cunt in the comments section of a VV post.)

dcdecibel
dcdecibel

She kind of acted the same way at RnR hotel last weekend. She didn't really seem committed to actually performing. I didn't hear anyone heckling her about "The Minneapolis Affair," but then again I wasn't listening all that closely (to them or to her.) She pulled girls on stage for his last song and at one point I climbed up to escape a 17 year old who kept trying to grope me. Love his music, not sure I can handle the fans who behave that way (or say things like fuck you feminist cunt in the comments section of a VV post.)

KillFeminism
KillFeminism

Fuck off you feminist cunt, kitty fucking sucks and there is great reason the crowd does not like her. no crowd should force themselves to enjoy music they don't like.  females just have to get involved with seemingly every male dominated thing like video games just so they can whine and complain about how it doesn't pander to overly sensitive females all while attacking the general population into responding negatively. I can't wait until Men start invading woman dominated things and complain about how it doesn't cater to them. Death to Feminism.

davidbthorpe
davidbthorpe

@KillFeminism I think the last thing you'll ever need to worry about is females wanting to get involved with you

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