Danny Brown ‘knows what you’re sayin’ in sold-out Metro performance

By Steven Nunez, Photojournalist

Danny Brown, a Detroit-based rapper, brought his distinct sound to Chicago for a sold-out show Thursday, Nov. 7  at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. The stop was part of the tour for his fifth album “uknowhatimsayin¿,” released Oct. 4, and distributed by Warp Records. The tour features fellow rap artists Ashnikko and Zelooperz.

Brown, 38, took to the stage wearing his classic street-hipster style, including color block denim pants, a flannel shirt and cap. Known for a distinct high-pitched squawk sound in his raps, Brown performed “Best Life,” “Dirty Laundry” and more from his recent album.

Earlier in the evening, Walter Williams, otherwise known as Zelooperz, brought high energy as he performed songs from his recent EP “Dyn-O-Mite.” Zelooperz, who wore a White Sox cap, is a Detroit rapper and a member of a Detroit hip-hop collective called Bruiser Brigade.

Also opening for Brown was Ashton Casey, a.k.a Ashnikko, a rapper, singer and songwriter born in North Carolina and now based out of London. Her hip-hop sound is infused with a punk, electro-pop vibe. Twirling neon blue pigtails and rocking zig-zag eyeliner, the multi-genre rapper performed songs from her 2019 EP “Hi, It’s Me.”