Tech N9ne at Myth, 10/11/13

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Erik Hess
Tech N9ne
with Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru, and Absent
Myth Event Center, St. Paul
Friday, October 11, 2013

Tech N9ne brought fans out in droves to the Myth on Friday. With a bill stacked with his independent label Strange Music's artists, the night was exactly the kind of ruckus you'd expect from the Kansas City artist, who has a crossover Juggalo audience rolling deep.

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The line outside Myth extended well beyond the parking lot and down the street. As fans belted "whoop whoop" and call-and-response tests to see how devoted of followers others were, the show made a scene even before the doors opened. A number of people sounded like they'd made long trips to be there. Once inside, the floor and balconies above were crammed with people. Local openers Absent played to a pretty receptive crowd, some of whom were moshing already. Folded into an otherwise label showcase concert, it was nice to see an audience give a fair listen to something they were likely unfamiliar with.
Photos by Erik Hess
I was mostly unfamiliar with the Strange Music roster that followed, but their sonic similarity to Tech N9ne's output was evident. The balconies were lined with posters showing release dates for each artist's record. Ces Cru brought a slight old-school vibe with their tag-team vocals and classic breakbeats, but were every bit as hardcore in sound and tone as everyone else. Mayday offered up a live element, with a DJ/bassist and percussionist backing up a few MCs. The band's pop-lock stage antics were one of their strong suits and the energy level in the room was rising. As Stevie Stone took the stage, I started to feel a bit of the fatigue of an overstuffed bill, and though the set was as energetic as you'd hope an opener to be, the lack of variety was showing. When they closed out on a lighter vigil while sitting and rapping, it was actually a powerful moment, and a fitting precursor to Tech N9ne's set.
Photos by Erik Hess
There was a banner change for each group that opened. But Tech N9ne, not to be outdone, arrived behind a graveyard gate, with the letters E.B.A.H. above. It was dark and dramatic as anything the hardcore rapper has done musically, as was his trademark white facepaint which matched his all-white prison jumpsuit outfit. There's a definite flair for the theatric in his performance, not only in his rapid-fire chop flow but in his menacing stance, stage acrobatics, and chemistry with backing rapper Krizz Kaliko. He dedicated the night's set to Adrian Peterson and the tragic loss of his son. He also talked about how incredibly drunk he got at the TGI Fridays earlier in the evening. Tech flew through a long set and used his flippant stage banter to good effect. The Midwestern fast-raps are somewhat difficult to parse out but there is a persistent energy behind every song, and fans responded in kind.

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