Tech N9ne - Slowdown - Main Room729 North 14th Street Omaha,NE
10/08/2018 7:30 PM - 10/08/2018 9:30 PM
Given the chaos enveloping the world and his status as an artistic visionary, Tech N9ne realized he could create the change he wished to see. The pioneering platinum Kansas City rapper spent about a year crafting Planet, his remarkable new album that represents a world much different from the one we inhabit.
“I wanted to create my own planet because this one seems to be having so many problems with hatred and murders,” Tech N9ne explains. “I just wanted to leave this planet by creating my own, with love and hella lyrics.”
Tech N9ne’s lyrical supremacy and appreciation for love shines throughout the Planet track “Levitation.” Here, Tech N9ne raps over ethereal sonics about how the adulation he gets from his supporters makes him feel like he’s floating.
“I feel like David Blaine when I’m on that stage,” Tech N9ne reveals. “But the love I get when I’m on the same level as them, like at the meet and greets, when they’re not looking up to me and they’re looking straight at me saying that my music kept them alive, that my music helped them through their mother’s death, that my music helped them through suicidal thoughts and is the reason they’re here now, that’s beautiful. When they say that what I went through with my mom lessened their pain to know that somebody that they look up to is going through the same thing, it makes me feel like I’m levitating. They hold me up high, put me up high because I can save lives, like a doctor or a paramedic. That makes me feel like I’m levitating, the people and their stories of how I helped them through life has me floating.”
Tech N9ne then delivers what will likely become one of his signature songs with “We Won’t Go Quietly,” an elegant and eloquent piano-accented track where he examines the roots of racism, emotional pain and fear, and notes how to overcome them with a loving and caring spirit. The source of Tech N9ne’s optimism came from a special person in his life.
“The whole song was based around love, and I learned to love from my mother,” Tech N9ne reveals. “Since I’m trying to bring everybody together instead of separate and discriminate, the whole basis is love. If we didn’t fear each other, we could stand near each other. My mother’s last words to me were, ‘Liberty and justice for all.’ She just kept saying it. That’s why the gist of the song is togetherness with love, since that’s what we’re lacking on this planet since I’ve been on it.”
Ever since Tech N9ne’s been on the planet, though, his love of hip-hop culture (graffiti, breakdancing, DJing and rapping) has been a driving force in his life. One of the songs that helped shape him as a breakdancer was Hashim’s “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul),” the famous 1983 dance track best known for its up-tempo beat and futuristic, robotic “It’s time” refrain. Today, Tech N9ne pops with his tongue, and wanted to remake “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” as a nod to his childhood. The resulting “Tech N9ne (Don’t Nobody Want None)” reflects Tech N9ne’s b-boy background and his lyrical gymnastics as his undulating and varying flows match the song’s mystic aura.
“It’s an honor to be able to re-do ‘Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)’ on my record to pay homage to all the breakdancers and all the DJs, all the dance crews,” Tech N9ne says. “That’s me. I just started rapping and it took the place of my dancing.”
Now that Tech N9ne focuses on rapping, he takes the craft seriously, approaching it as the master craftsman that he is. On the bouncy “How I’m Feelin’” with Snow Tha Product, he flows in normal, single and triple time to demonstrate that rappers can excel while employing a variety of flows. It’s an exercise in top-tier floetry in defense of rap’s expansive artistry.
Elsewhere on Planet, Tech N9ne utilizes a stop-and-start style on “Drink Up” over a striking EDM aural collage. Then, with “No Reason,” Tech N9ne takes a confrontational approach. Backed by a menacing soundscape that matches his abrasive words, the Strange Music head uses middle finger energy to go after a bogus label that emerged in 2016 with a name strikingly similar to the one that Tech and partner Travis O’Guin have been building for more than 15 years. “How dare you try to steal that name, Strange,” Tech N9ne says rhetorically, “after so much work we’ve done, and dilute it like that?”
Indeed, Tech N9ne and his Strange Music have become iconic rap brands, so he has good reason to be protective of his musical turf, his family, and his legacy. Fiercely independent since the early 1990s, Tech N9ne and Strange Music made their mark by creating mind-blowing music, touring relentlessly, delivering one of rap’s best live shows, dominating the merchandising game, and cultivating legions of fans around the world who swear by Tech N9ne’s music and the Strange Music brand.
The proof of Tech N9ne’s reach is evidenced by several metrics. On the sales front, he earned his first platinum plaque June 20, 2017 with “Caribou Lou,” a standout selection from his 2006 album, Everready (The Religion), a remarkable feat given that the song was released 11 years earlier. As a performer, Tech N9ne also regularly does more than 150 concerts a year, headlining his own domestic and international tours, and appearing at festivals and special events. He does this while releasing albums, compilations, and working on the projects from his stable of artists. This steady and successful work is the reason Tech N9ne remains a fixture on Forbes’ Cash Kings list.
Now, after focusing on creating the world and vibe in which he and others can thrive, Tech N9ne is ready to share his latest masterwork, one overflowing with an optimistic take on mankind and its potential.
“I went on my own planet and did my own thing,” he says. “I wasn’t worried. I was relaxed constructing my planet. I didn’t have to worry about time restrictions or anything because it was coming like water.”
Welcome to Tech N9ne’s Planet, a utopian melding of message and musical mastery.
After experiencing a number of professional setbacks while promoting his critically acclaimed Anghellic and Absolute Power albums, Tech N9ne felt that Everready (The Religion) was an affirmation of his staying power. "I wanted to name it Everready because if you look at the old Eveready batteries, their logo included nine lives," Tech explains. "That album title symbolizes nine lives, another life after death. I've had a lot of deaths in the music industry and there's still life after all that. The Religion, the reason I subtitled it that is because I want this album to be something that's being studied or praised. It's like calling it a doctrine."
Such a mandate is a natural conclusion after listening to Everready (The Religion). The album teams with blockbuster songs and stellar production. "Jellysickle," for instance, features Bay Area rap legend E-40 and a thumping, addictive club-ready beat from superproducer Rick Rock (Jay-Z, Fabolous). Despite the track's freshness, it made Tech N9ne think back to his early material.
"It reminded me of an old Tech N9ne, like 'Mitch Bade,'" he reveals. "It's like a 2006 'Mitch Bade,' so I had to talk about the same thing: jealous people, stupid people. Kansas City is a place where hatred is at an all-time high. I thought it would capture that persona of the ghetto."
As Tech N9ne has emerged as one of rap's most innovative, creatively fearless artists, there has been a segment of his fans who feel that he's abandoned his hardcore background. Tech addresses the situation on the aggressive yet elegantly produced "Come Gangsta." "After all these years of people telling me that my music was for white people, that I needed to come with gangster stuff," Tech says. "Music is supposed to inspire and evolve. Andre 3000 isn't still doing 'Player's Ball.' He evolved. That was always on my mind, that people were always telling me to come gangster. When it comes to it, my one gangster song can demolish their whole CD. I was inspired to write about the type of people that were telling me to come gangster."
Tech N9ne delivers more high-energy heat on "Welcome To The Midwest" with Big Krizz Kaliko. He continues his harder edge on the macabre "My World," with Brotha Lynch Hung, and the warped "In My Head." On these two tunes he raps about mad and sad topics, things that pain him. He expresses a similar sentiment on "The Rain," a touching ode to his wife and children. Much like Tech N9ne's classic "This Ring," "The Rain" features Tech N9ne giving his fans an intimate look into his life and his career, a look made all the more personal because the song features his two daughters rapping about how much they miss their father.
"Any man with a kid that's on the road a lot can relate to that, whether you're a musician, a doctor, a director," Tech explains. "A lot of people are not to be there for their family in the flesh, and they're hurting because they miss their loved ones."
People of all backgrounds can also relate to friction in their relationships. Tech N9ne conceptualized the riveting "My Wife, My Bitch, My Girl" during a low point in his marriage. "At the time I wrote that song, me and my wife were doing really bad," he reveals. "I wrote that song in my bitter stage, when I was saying whatever I wanted to say. '(My wife) don't like me/(My bitch) gets hyphy/(My girl) might knife me twice just to spite me.' That's how I had the balls to write it. I didn't care anymore. I just wanted to release it."
Tech N9ne then talks about his breast fetish on the sinister "Flash" and about his crew's road adventures on the heavy "Groupie." But touring hasn't been all fun and games for Tech N9ne. On the rock-influenced "Riot Maker," he details some of the problems he's had while trying to perform for his fans. "At the time, we were going through a lot of things," Tech says. "I wasn't able to go to Hawaii because the promoters said my music incites riots. At the same time, this girl was trying to sue me for $100,000 for cracking her own skull at my show and I wasn't even in the building yet."
An explosive recording artist, Tech N9ne has long earned praise from his fans because of his ability to deliver mind-blowing raps about his struggle to navigate through life's pitfalls. His willingness to shed his ego and allow his followers to look at the high and low points of his experience has earned Tech N9ne a rabid, dedicated following.
"A lot of people when they come up to me, they say, 'The reason why I like you Tech is that you say what you feel and you're not afraid to say anything,'" Tech says. "That's so tight because so many use discretion. I think I've inspired people to say what they feel because I've opened my life up for people to see."
With such powerful music, it should come as no surprise that Tech N9ne's reach continues expanding. Several of his songs are featured in the forthcoming Alpha Dog film, which stars Justin Timberlake and Sharon Stone. His music also appears on the latest edition of the fan favorite Madden NFL video game series, as well as the action video game 25 to Life. He also appears as a playable character on the latter.
But for now, it is all about indoctrinating his fans to Everready (The Religion). "This is Anghellic, Absolute Power combined," Tech says. "If I could have titled this album One Big Clusterfuck, I would have because I think it has everything. It has the personal stuff Anghellic had or the party stuff that Absolute Power had. I think this is my best work." Believe it.
Growing up around music from his Father & two older brothers, it was inevitable that Futuristic would be a natural. He wrote his first raps at the age of six and hasn't looked back since. Born in Illinois but moved to Arizona in high school & currently residing in North Hollywood. Futuristic's flow seems to be just as hot as his surroundings.
His album "The Rise" released on May 12th 2015 debuted at #2 on itunes and #9 on Hip-Hop Billboard charts. He has been touring virtually non-stop over the last 3 years headlining his own tours and supporting acts with a wide variety of fanbases. His fast witty lyrics mixed with substance and relatable subject matter has gained him his own cult following called WTFGang which stands for "We're The Future". As an independent artist Futuristic takes pride in his creativity and versatility using his words to inspire his fans and let them know that anything is truly possible but also gives them music to BANG with the top down in the summer and get them in the feels when they need something to vibe too. Moving forward he expects to be exactly what he named his lead single from his album.... "The Greatest".
In the Fall of 2015 Futuristic was featured on A Great Big World single "Hold Each Other" which led him to National television performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, VH1 Streamy Awards, Performing for the Vice President Joe Biden & CEO of Apple Time Cook, for the HRC National Dinner in Washington D.C.
Shortly after that he released a joint album with artist/friend Devvon Terrell which sold over 30,000 copies and premiered in all categories of billboard for the first two weeks & also hit #2 on itunes, boosting an already prosperous career of his own.
In 2016 Futuristic hit the internet heavy with all sorts of viral content, a new project titled "As Seen on the Internet" & headlined his first ever solo World tour selling out shows from Seattle to Australia! This year expect more milestones, another full length studio album & crazy performances in a city near you.
It's not every day a musical genius is born. With the release of his third solo CD, SHOCK TREATMENT, KRIZZ KALIKO convincingly claims that title. After working with Tech N9ne and Strange Music for 10 years, performing over 200 shows a year, KRIZZ KALIKO has earned a spot among Hip Hop's elite. His solo debut, 2008's Vitiligo, landed at No. 19 on the Billboard charts and he has been instrumental in Tech N9ne's incredible success: In 2008, Tech N9ne SoundScanned over one million units, making him the most successful independent Hip Hop artist in history.
KRIZZ KALIKO is the sonic "glue" of Strange Music. "I'm Tech's right hand man in writing," he says. "It's a weird, beautiful chemistry. Tech and Travis [O'Guin] handle the business, and Tech and I are the creative force at Strange Music. The yin and the yang. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Tech and I have the same philosophy about the quality of music. We've been working together so long I know where he wants to go."
Born in Kansas City, MO., KRIZZ KALIKO was raised by a mom who spoon-fed him music. As an opera and gospel singer, as well as being the choir director of their church, his mother sang to him and, fortunately, made him sing with his sisters. He performed in the choir all throughout his early teens and his mom often treated the family to live concerts from artists like the Gap Band and Run-DMC. By the time KRIZZ KALIKO met Tech N9ne, he was already trying to figure out how to fuse opera and Hip Hop.