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

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Danny Brown at Irving Plaza, 7 May 2013

Better Than: Something scarier that could've happened, probably

If only last night's Danny Brown x Kitty (Pryde) show at Irving Plaza could be judged simply as a performance, instead of a cultural event.

Unfortunately, it can't. Not after "The Thing" that went down in Minneapolis two weeks ago. Really not after Kitty's poignant response to (and naming of) The Thing a few days later. And certain-fucking-ly not after a throng of over-stimulated, over-privileged white boys in the crowd last night kicked up and maintained a chant of "SUCK HIS DICK, SUCK HIS DICK" at the 20-year-old rapper/opener while she performed.

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Kitty's opening set, despite or perhaps partly due to her audience's willful antagonism, was disheartened at best. While, over the past year, she's grown miles more comfortable with her material, she seems less concerned with its delivery than ever, glazing over lyrics as if she were doing karaoke versions of her own songs. Admittedly, a room like last night's is most artists' worst nightmare, but under such circumstances, material ought to be one's deadliest weapon; it's what an artist knows and owns better than any schmuck staring up at her. Kitty seemed to forget that she owned the stage, though, even when backed up by noted goofball charmer Lakutis, laughing about how she had forgotten how mean New York audiences could be, attempting in vain to coyly shame the crowd into giving her the respect she deserves.

Where Kitty could have met the challenge of a mercilessly disrespectful -- and terrifyingly misogynistic -- crowd with equal vim (we've seen that energy, on songs like "R.R.E.A.M." and "UNfollowed") she seems to repeatedly shy away from the forceful stage presence a room like Irving requires in favor of maintaining that abashed, bedroom-giggle stage persona. That persona certainly holds water -- and is one reason fans love her to begin with -- but when you sign on for a month of testosterone-blistering rap shows instead of opting for the more attentive audiences of, say, a Charli XCX or a Mykki Blanco, you put yourself at a serious disadvantage that requires herculean effort to surmount. Her balking at the task kind of makes you wonder whether her heart is really in rapping, or if she truly is tired of it. She does, after all, have one hell of a knack for editorial.

Which brings us to Mister Old and Reckless himself. For all his bullshit, there is something truly lovable about Danny Brown, even if you're not usually into his brand of coke-snorting, blunt-rolling excess rap. Some of it has to do with his now-infamous redemption myth; another part of it has to do with the playful frankness of songs like "I Will," surely. Maybe, though, another small part of his charm is the fierceness with which women as smart as Kitty defend him.


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17 Irving Place, New York, NY

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15 comments
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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