Danny Brown had it made. The foul-mouthed Detroit rapper won acclaim from Spin, which named his XXX the best hip-hop album of 2011. MTV.com called him one of rap's standouts. And he got a number of click-to-pick mentions for his forthcoming album, Old. With his naughty lyrics, throaty yowl, and love of electronics on the house and techno tip, his creds were strong.
Brown needed no headlines, then, to pack the Theatre of Living Arts on Wednesday; it would have been a hot ticket no matter what. Yet headlines are what he got on April 26, after a Minneapolis gig during which a female fan rushed the stage and attempted to perform oral sex on him. He boasted on Twitter that he "didn't miss one bar bruh bruh" during this encounter. His tour opener, Kitty Pryde, kept it in the headlines. In a statement, she claimed the fan had put Brown (who gets repeated solicitations on Twitter) in a no-win situation, especially in the context of a show in progress: If he pushed her away, he'd look like an abuser, and if he did nothing, he'd look like a perv.