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Danny Brown 

When: Fri., April 20, 5 p.m. 2012
Price: free

He's from Detroit, but if there's one place he thinks of as his home away from home, it's the Bay. The son of a house DJ, Brown was raised on East Bay rap staples such as E-40 and Spice 1. His originality as an emcee comes partially from his voice (unusually shrill, almost cracking on every verse), his personality (via his lyrics: humorous, irreverent, sex-obsessed), and his outlandish look. Brown wears his hair huge in the middle, completely shaved on the sides, and usually pulled to one side like a huge, floppy mohawk. He lost his front teeth as a child, when he was hit by a car in a KFC parking lot, and never bothered to have them replaced. Altogether, this makes Brown utterly fascinating, a fresh glitch in the rap world. He's here to support Childish Gambino at a three-thousand-seat-capacity theater, but 4/20 is your chance to see him for free: At Lower Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley, on Friday, Apr. 20. 5 p.m., free. www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~superb

— Will Butler

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