Tech N9ne, along with his fans, showed up and showed out at the Myth nightclub in Maplewood Friday, March 24. The venue was full of energy as Tech N9ne and his Strange Music label mates took to the stage in front of a packed house.
HD-TVs displayed footage, fog machines, costume changes and technicians — Tech’s affectionate term for his fans — being carried out, jumping around and singing along. In short, it was a legendary performance given by one of hip hop’s best-selling indie artists ever.
Tech N9ne has three singles that have gone gold in the last year alone. He performed his hit single “Fragile” featuring Kendrick Lamar, a crowd favorite. He also performed “Hood Go Crazy,” another gold single. At one point between songs, Tech said that the Twin Cities is one of his favorite tour stops, telling the excited crowd, “I don’t want this to end!” The rowdy but well-mannered technicians partied on.
This was probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. Performing for over an hour, Tech would do a couple of songs and leave the stage for Krizz Kaliko to do a few numbers. Then Tech would return with a different costume and continue performing. A highlight was a performance of the song “Drama,” which was inspired by the Missouri law allowing concealed carry without a permit or additional training.
Tech, who is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, has a huge Twin Cities following and it showed with the building being packed front to back, top to bottom. If Tech N9ne is in the Cities again, I will make sure to be in attendance — he’s gained another technician.
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All photos by Chris Juhn.