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Concert Review & Photos - Tech N9ne

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Tech N9ne is arguably one of the most prolific rappers on the planet.   Known for his signature chopper style of delivery combined with insanely intelligent lyrics, Tech has clearly set himself apart from others in the Rap scene today.  On top of all of his individual successes (over an amazing 15-year career), Tech N9ne has also developed legions of talent which he showcases on his independent record label, Strange Music, Inc.  Artists like the CES CRU, Stevie Stone, Mayday, Rittz, and Krizz Kaliko have seen their popularity skyrocket as a direct result of their collaboration with Tech N9ne. 

On Sunday May 15th, Tech N9ne and crew descended upon the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA for one of their final stops in Southern California (supporting their Independent Powerhouse Tour).  Thousands of loyal followers (known as Technicians) showed up early and braved the long lines (and an unusually late show time) for their chance to see Tech.  The first opening act to take the stage was Kansas City’s very own CES CRU.  To say these guys weren’t solid would be an understatement.  Godemis and Ubiquitous whipped the sold-out crowd into a frenzy that would set the stage for the rest of the evening.  After a raucous 20-minute set, ¡Mayday! was up next.  As if CES CRU didn’t set high enough, these guys took it up a notch.  Super fun set from this Miami based hip-hop group led by Bernz and Wreckonize. 

As fans were just beginning to catch their breath, Stevie Stone assaulted the crowd with a powerful set that that literally rocked the venue to its core.  Definitely a different sound that reminded one of early Tupac or DMX.  Then just when you think it could not get any better, Georgia native Rittz strutted on to the stage.  As he saluted the crowd, Rittz immediately launched into crowd favorite, Turn Down.  The Observatory went crazy.  Whether you like Rap or not, Rittz is the real deal.  Smooth, personable, and has an absolutely amazing stage presence.  Rittz's new album, Top of the Line,  dropped on May 6th. and has already skyrocketed to the top 3 on Billboard's Independent and R&B / Hip-Hop Album charts.  Looking forward to seeing him headlining his own tour down the road.

Finally, around 12:45am, the lights dimmed and Lacrimosa was cranked up to 11 to signal the arrival of Tech N9ne.   The place went nuts as Tech kicked off the show with Hard (A Monster Made It).   Krizz Kaliko then joined Tech on stage performing Way Out (off his 2012 album Neh’mind).  Brilliant.  Over the next hour and a half, Tech N9ne put on a near-flawless show that seemingly blew the roof off of the Observatory.  Technicians were treated to a massive set consisting of over 25 mind-blowing tracks.  Classics like Welcome to the Midwest, Einstein, and Worldwide Choppers got even the most reserved concert goer out of their seat and on their feet.  Straight Out the Gate transformed the general admission floor into a swirling mosh pit, and Hood Go Crazy took energy to a whole new level.  The set finally ended around 2:30am with an encore featuring hits Dysfunctional and Stamina. 

For those who have the opportunity to see Tech N9ne on his Independent Powerhouse Tour this year, make the call now and buy your tickets today.  Tech N9ne is an absolute genius - flawless vocals, relevant lyrics, and non-stop energy from beginning to end. He brought it on Sunday evening and showed Southern California why he is one of the most incredible artists in hip-hop today.  In addition to Tech N9ne, you also get a chance to see his amazing group of his protégés including Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, Stevie Stone, ¡Mayday!, and the CES CRU.  All are simply amazing – each stars in their own right. 

For more information on Tech N9ne’s Independent Powerhouse Tour, go to for all of the latest information on upcoming tour dates, VIP Packages, and all your favorite Strange Music, Inc. Artists.   You can also check out all of these featured artists on Strange Music’s latest collabos series release, Strangeulation Vol. II., which can be purchased at the Strange Music Store or downloaded via ITunes here.   

Stay Frosty and Rock On!


Matthew Belter

Executive Editor - Long Beach

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