Danny Brown & JPEGMafia brought a wild, chaotic, and hilarious show to The Old National Centre's Egyptian Room, to the delight of thousands of young Hypebeast-influenced gamers.
It was a hot night in Indianapolis' Old National Centre Egyptian Room when rappers Danny Brown and JPEGMafia co-headlined a show with a four-song set of collaborative songs and then each performing a "mini-set" of their own hits for a crowd that sang along with all of them. The audience was overall quite young, yet well-versed in all things popular culture: fashion, music, video games were not only the obvious interests of the fans but a major part of the artists' lyrical repertoire, aptly playing off the Hypebeast-esque focus of the young folks who also spent a large portion of their night in the merch line that snaked around the second floor of the venue (with plenty of room to spare, as literally no one was in line at the bars).
The excitement was real, though, and JPEGMafia (lovingly dubbed Peggy) specifically was feeling it that night, jumping and running across the stage, diving into the crowd, and hyping the fans with unbridled energy not replicated by his more demure and relaxed partner in rhyme Danny Brown (outfitted with ridiculous MSCHF Big Red Boots).
Their first four songs of the set were collaborative tracks from their studio album "Scaring The Hoes," released earlier this year (and slated to be released on vinyl in October - you can get it HERE). The songs LEANBEEFPATTY, Burfict, Steppa Pig, and Garbage Pale Kids were performed during their first combined set, followed by a six-song solo Peggy set. After some fits and starts, they rejoined for four more collaborative songs including Run The Jewels, Kingdom Hearts Key, Shut Yo Bitch Ass Up / Muddy Waters, and Hermanos. After this second combined set, Danny Brown crushed with six of his own hits, including crowd favorites Ain't It Funny and Really Doe. The duo finished out the night with three more collaborative songs, Orange Juice Jones, Scaring The Hoes, and Fentanyl Tester to close out the night.
A full band accompanied JPEGMAFIA & Danny Brown, consisting of guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums which was a nice addition to the stage look so it didn't appear as though the rappers were simply rhyming along to backing tracks. This accompaniment and the enormous LED panel display behind them was a great set design that allowed the rappers a fantastically large amount of room to run and dance, but didn't leave the viewer wanting for more in terms of visual engagement. The rappers themselves put on an entertaining show, but the hilarious visuals on the LED panel and live band ringing the stage provided just enough sensory overload for someone who wrenched themselves away from their gaming console to rap along with Penny and Danny.
Danny Brown & JPEGMafia 1UP Sold Out Indianapolis Show
Review and photos by Andy Skinner for Indy CD & Vinyl
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