When: Fri., March 9, 10 p.m. 2012
Detroit rappers have an advantage over those from other cities: a significant amount of street cred automatically comes with being from the D, infamously known as a place where only the strong and/or crazy survive. The reputation has freed up Detroit musicians to embrace their idiosyncrasies, just like the city's eccentric patron saint of hip-hop, the late J Dilla. Black Milk and Danny Brown—the self-proclaimed "rap Frank Zappa"—are two of the wildest talents to come out of post-Dilla Detroit. Last year they combined forces—Black Milk producing, Brown handling most of the vocals—on the aptly named Black and Brown (Fat Beats), and it's one of the most perfect pairings in recent memory. Black Milk's beats tend to wobble and wander, and Brown's ferocious, borderline-Tourette's flow plays off of them nicely. The producer is also a gifted rapper in his own right, and tonight he'll be on the mike, backed by a live band. —Miles Raymer Psalm One, Add-2, Black on Black Rhyme, J. Pinder, and A. DD open.