Danny Brown

Altar Bar

April 15
Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Fans of contemporary hip hop should not miss the chance to see one of the genre’s most distinctive rising stars perform this week at Altar Bar. Called “one of rap’s most unique figures in recent memory,” by MTV, the prolific Detroit MC Danny Brown seems to have been born into the profession, talking in rhyme at a very early age after his mother read Dr. Seuss books to him, declaring to classmates in kindergarten that he wanted to be a rapper and listening to his father’s DJ sets containing music by Roy Ayers, LL Cool J and A Tribe Called Quest.

Née Daniel Dewan Sewell in 1981, the Detroit-based MC released his third studio album, Old, in October of 2013 on Fool’s Gold. The critically acclaimed 19-track LP features production by A-Trak, BadBadNotGood, Frank Dukes, Oh No, Paul White, Rustie and others, and features guest appearances by Freddie Gibbs, ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Charli XCX and Purity Ring.

Recording since his teens, the highly individualistic rapper debuted his breakout self-released album, The Hybrid, in 2010, which showcases Brown’s authentic and unique hypnotic sound. Also known for his Detroit State of Mind mix tape series, Brown went on to develop a massive online following, and has collaborated with everyone from Tony Yayo and Das Racist to the late J Dilla. Brown’s 2011 album, XXX, was released for free online and garnered him such accolades as Spin magazine’s “#1 hip hop album of the year” and the Detroit Metro Times‘ “artist of the year.”


Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...