Childish Gambino with Danny Brown
Tuesday, June 19
Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover is not afraid of the microphone. Before he grabbed the mic to start spitting his rhymes as Childish Gambino, the 28-year-old grabbed the mic as a stand-up comedian. “My favorite thing is people are always like, ‘You’re the same person?’,” Glover explains. “There’s no difference between Donald Glover and Childish Gambino—they’re the same. I just want people to come at my music differently.” As one would expect, the rapper has a lot of opinions about hip-hop and comedy and how the line can be easily blurred. “Made the beat then murdered it. Casey Anthony,” he raps on “Bonfire” the lead single from his 2011 album Camp. Joining Glover on stage this Tuesday (June 19) at the Town Ballroom is the always eccentrically dressed, and equally hilarious Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Real name Daniel Sewell, the 31-year-old rapper hit it big last year with his in-your-face and exquisitely produced record, XXX. With tracks like the relentless “Pac Blood” to the hilarious “Die Like A Rockstar” and the serious “DNA,” Danny Brown put out one of the most critically acclaimed hip hop records of 2011. His latest video for his single “Grown Up” comes complete with a child version of the hardcore rapper wreaking havoc on his neighborhood. Don’t miss these lyrical masterminds when they come to Buffalo this week. —cory perla
7pm. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 /townballroom.com). $25 advance.
Below: Danny Brown’s official “Grown Up” music video