There aren’t many more magnetic personalities in rap right now than Danny Brown. Which is why in this week’s NME, we follow him on as he storms the UK, where he’s unwilling to live up to the goofy persona he’s cultivated across his acclaimed albums. Pick up this week’s issue for Jordan Bassett’s account of two days on tour with the Michigan emcee. Until then, soak up some of the mayhem of his London and Manchester shows with these great live shots.

Photo: Tom Oxley/NMEThe ‘Old’ rapper onstage in Manchester, looking like something out of a snazzy Detroit remake of Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat. Tom Oxley/NME

Photo: Tom Oxley/NMEBackstage rocking another impressive coat. The guy clearly knows his coats. Tom Oxley/NME

Photo: Tom Oxley/NMEBrown enjoying some well-earned downtime. Tom Oxley/NME

Photo: Tom Oxley/NMEThis view from the back at Manchester’s Gorilla. Tom Oxley/NME

Photo: Tom Oxley/NMETongue out, game on – the rapper onstage at London’s XOYO. Tom Oxley/NME

Photo: Tom Oxley/NMEGetting up close and personal with fans. Tom Oxley/NME

Photo: Tom Oxley/NME“It’s like something from 28 Days Later” – our man on the scene observes the crowd carnage at XOYO. Tom Oxley/NME

Photo: Tom Oxley/NMEDanny, champion of the world. Tom Oxley/NME