Detroit’s Danny Brown Preps Headline Trek

Once a rising star in hip hop, Danny Brown has been largely silent for a few years but has just announced a mammoth 40-stop tour to promote his upcoming album. Supporting the gigs will be Maxo Kream and ZelooperZ.

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DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich.

The rapper has kept up his live performances, but hasn’t released much new material since 2013’s Old. Although the time between albums would be normal for most artists, it has left fans who saw his prolific rise wanting.

Brown got serious about music after a stint in his youth as a drug dealer and started releasing a stream of mixtapes in the late 2000s, with five in 2010 alone. His first album, The Hybrid, came later that year and he started building substantial momentum, eventually signing with Fool’s Gold Records. By 2014 he was opening for the likes of Eminem and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

He expressed frustration with Fool’s Gold for the slow release of Old though, and signed with Warp Records for his next project. Brown’s new album will be titled Atrocity Exhibition and his website is promising a fall release. A music video for the album’s first single, “When It Rain,” showcases his unique rap style and clever wordplay.

The headline dates start Sept. 14 in Philadelphia and continue to Nov. 5 in nearby Cleveland, but the tour runs around the U.S. and Canada, moving through each region.

Before The Exhibition 2016 tour Brown plays  in Chicago next week and  in Denver Sept. 3.

Here’s where to catch the rapper this fall:

Sept. 14 – Philadelphia, Pa., Theatre Of Living Arts
Sept. 15 – Providence, R.I., Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Sept. 16 – New Haven, Conn., Toad’s Place
Sept. 17 – Clifton Park, N.Y., Upstate Concert Hall
Sept. 18 – Boston, Mass., Paradise Rock Club
Sept. 21 – Columbus, Ohio, Park Street Saloon
Sept. 22 – Chicago, Ill., House Of Blues
Sept. 23 – Grand Rapids, Mich., The Intersection
Sept. 24 – Milwaukee, Wis., The Rave II / Eagles Hall
Sept. 25 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
Sept. 27 – Des Moines, Iowa, Wooly’s
Sept. 28 – Lincoln, NE, Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 1 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The Grand @ The Complex
Oct. 2 – Boise, Idaho, Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 4 – Seattle, Wash., The Neptune
Oct. 5 – Portland, Ore., Roseland Theater
Oct. 6 – Vancouver, British Columbia, The Vogue Theatre
Oct. 7 – Spokane, Wash., Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 8 – Eugene, Ore., WOW Hall
Oct. 11 – San Francisco, Calif., The Regency Ballroom
Oct. 12 – Santa Cruz, Calif., The Catalyst
Oct. 14 – San Diego, Calif., Observatory North Park
Oct. 15 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Fonda Theatre
Oct. 16 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory
Oct. 17 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 18 – Albuquerque, N.M., Sunshine Theater
Oct. 20 – Houston, Texas, Warehouse Live
Oct. 21 – Dallas, Texas, South Side Music Hall
Oct. 23 – Austin, Texas, Emo’s
Oct. 25 – New Orleans, La., Republic NOLA
Oct. 26 – Nashville, Tenn., Exit / In
Oct. 27 – Atlanta, Ga., Heaven At The Masquerade
Oct. 28 – Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte’s Underground
Oct. 29 – Carrboro, N.C., Cat’s Cradle
Oct. 30 – Asheville, N.C., The Orange Peel
Nov. 1 – Silver Spring, Md., The Fillmore Silver Spring
Nov. 2 – Millvale, Pa., Mr. Small’s Theatre
Nov. 3 – Buffalo, N.Y., The Town Ballroom
Nov. 4 – Toronto, Ontario, The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Nov. 5 – Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Grog Shop
Tickets to these shows are on sale now, and many dates include VIP packages that will give fans the chance to meet the artist. Purchasing tickets for participating dates will include a download of “When It Rain” and a digital copy of the album once it drops.

Danny Brown’s website and Facebook are good places to get the latest on Detroit’s native son.