With so much residual noise and energy floating around in the music industry, it’s hard to exactly pinpoint where the next American original will come from. The hip-hop world in particular is always in a state of experimentation and trial, and it’s a difficult genre to set yourself apart in.
If you’re needing some originality in your hip-hop, a great place to start looking would be Detroit’s Danny Brown, who plays the Town Ballroom on Nov. 3.
Here are three reasons why you need to catch this Detroit enigma’s show.
His new album is making serious waves
Danny’s newest record, “Atrocity Exhibition,” was released only about a month ago, but it’s already earned top marks from many outlets including Rolling Stone, The Guardian and Pitchfork. It’s a dark, emotional record with short, gut-punch tracks that make no secret about Brown’s vices, struggles and yearnings.
But that’s what makes this new album such a triumph: it’s a raw, honest record wrapped in some of the most experimental soundscapes you’ll hear in a hip-hop record. Seriously, if the idea of hearing gamelans and glockenspiels built into a beat piques your interest, you need to hear it live.
He’s been around the block
Even if more conventional hip-hop is your thing, Brown has you covered. His last album, “Old,” is full of some truly party-starting bangers, like “Dip” and “25 Bucks.” Sure to be on display live, these songs are pure adrenaline so be prepared for things to get a little crazy.
A well-rounded show is key to grab an audience from all sides of the spectrum, and a Danny Brown show should please the palate of the connoisseur and newbie alike.
Energy, energy, energy
There’s few things that match the energy of an intimate hip-hop show. Brown simply adds to the excitement factor here. You’re getting the perfect storm: a smaller venue, an experimental whiz kid in the hip-hop world, and a show where the energy passes from one person to the next seemingly like chained lighting. Brown feeds off of the crowd.
Simply put, there will be enough energy in the building to power a city block. You’ll have to be there to feel it.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $27 (box office, ticketfly.com).