Danny Brown's Triple Rock show sparks unseemly oral sex controversy
|Photo by Erik Hess|
|Danny Brown at Triple Rock Social Club on Friday|
Live performance is an incredibly intimate bond between artists and fans, but that intimacy got busted worse than Danny Brown's front tooth during Friday's show on Minneapolis's West Bank. At minimum, the Detroit rapper led several fans at the sold-out Triple Rock Social Club to believe, and many to proclaim on Twitter, that they saw a female concert-goer in the front row performing oral sex on him.
At max, the 18-and-up crowd witnessed something that put Brown's evening alongside Jim Morrison's "Miami Incident." Either way, this is one of the most unfun blogs about Brown ever. There are some pretty graphic, NSFW stories that follow, so proceed with caution.
City Pages has previewed and reviewed several of Brown's past Twin Cities appearances -- notably weather-torn Soundset 2012 and a slot opening for A$AP Rocky at First Ave. He was one of the paper's Artists of the Year in 2011, and we interviewed him last year.
The reasons for so much attention are numerous: He's fantastic to photograph, his music is creatively crass, and his live charisma is unmistakable. But the hazy particulars of what exactly happened Friday at Triple Rock, on which the venue itself has declined comment, still stands out as an event that has stirred a less-controllable sort of publicity for 32-year-old Brown.
Gimme Noise's reviewer Zach McCormick's mostly positive coverage of the actual show notes, "Brown's hedonistic persona set the tone for a night of timid heartland kids indulging in all sorts of ratchet [AKA obnoxious] behavior." Photographer Erik Hess got a ton of shots featuring Brown rocking totem pole-inspired Adidas high-tops and inciting the audience. And Jack Spencer, a regular Gimme Noise contributor who interviewed Brown, was also at Friday's show.
|Photo by Erik Hess|
After seeing a Tumblr post by Heiruspecs bassist Sean McPherson mentioning "a sex act on stage," Gimme Noise asked all three contributors if this was true.
In each case, none of them were close enough to the front row at the time of the alleged incident to witness anything unseemly. Still, the reports have run rampant on Twitter since the show, and several tweets of a graphic nature have since been retweeted by Brown and have popped up on Reddit, Tumblr, and elsewhere. (McCormick notes that "some of the kids in the front row seemed pretty adamant when I asked them after the show.")
Just because Brown sags his pants low and dances close to the crowd doesn't mean he's asking to get groped, or more -- though this breathless Reddit description of what allegedly happened paints him as inviting the attention, and the kid was clearly disturbed by what he saw (and let's put a big [sic] through pretty much all of these grammatically questionable accounts to follow):
I was near the front row and all night Danny had been going up to the crowd and having random girls touch his dick through his pants. Then this girl in front of me starts flashing him and he goes up to her and grabs her tits. Then all of a sudden gets up close pulls his shirt up a little and she start blowing him. Then I'm behind her and I start getting pushed against her by the crowd shifting. It horrible and i hope you guys will be donating to my future therapy sessions but also i came back with a story. He rapped the entire time during too
This tweet is the definition of adamant:
DANNY BROWN LITERALLY GOT HIS DICK SUCKED ON STAGE AND SHE WAS DEEP THROATING-- claireヽ(￣д￣;)ノ=3 (@Clarbini) April 27, 2013
Later, rising rap star Kendrick Lamar wasn't going to just believe anyone about this sporadic mid-set spectacle, and tweet-asked "u really just got the head on stage stanny???" A since-deleted tweet from Brown responds "<<<~ and didn't miss one bar bruh bruh."
However, when asked by a female admirer about the incident, Brown's response was "lol that's a rumor ..." Attempts to contact Brown's rep at Biz 3 Publicity have so far been met with silence.
@whootybish lol that's a rumor ...-- Danny Brown (@XDannyXBrownX) April 27, 2013
Next: Brown's tourmate Kitty responds