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LIB recap: Danny Brown is raw, but sadly one-note

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Danny Brown performs Sunday at Life Is Beautiful.
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For a guy who may or may not be actually crazy, Danny Brown’s Sunday night set was surprisingly one-note. That’s not to say the Detroit MC isn’t talented and far more raw than most of the festival’s tame offerings, as he proved with his sharp, twisted flow on song after song, often going a capella or freestyling over sinister beats that sounded like a Casio keyboard thrown into a black hole.

But each track’s delivery felt more or less the same, with Brown strolling back and forth across the stage, occasionally breaking up the set with fits of maniacal laughter or requests for a blunt. The crowd was initially rowdy enough to have Metro officers carry a few of them away, but by the end had shrunk to a third of its size, sleepily fist-pumping to “Dip.”

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