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      May 6, 2019

      Monday   6:00 PM

      538 Main Street
      Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

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      Tech N9ne

      with Krizz Kaliko, Dax, Mayday!, Ubi Quitous, Slo Pain
      While crafting what would be one of the most important albums of his career, TechN9ne thought back to some of his early material. Before Strange Music became theNo. 1 independent rap music label, the Kansas City rapper released The Calm BeforeThe Storm. The acclaimed collection included songs that hinted at the type of artisthe would become, from the conceptually rich Questions to the devilishly cleverMitch Bade.So for The Storm, Tech N9ne wanted to revisit and build upon his musicalfoundation. I knew if I named it The Storm, it would push me to do the best musicIve ever done, Tech N9ne explains. Im coming off of Special Effects, whichfeatured songs with Eminem, Krizz Kaliko, 2 Chainz, B.o.B and T.I. But its not justthe features. It was a big record, period. I just couldnt come with a title that wasntgoing to push me. It actually pushed me to do some damn good music, man.The resulting The Storm features Tech N9ne delivering 20 stellar songs that fit intothree sonic worlds. The Storm kicks off with the Kingdom section, a showcase forthe rappers narcissistic side. He then travels to Clown Town, which finds him athis darkest. The set closes with the G. Zone, a nod to the gangster side of hispersonality.Longtime Tech N9ne fans will recognize this type of layered artistry, something heintroduced on 2001s Anghellic, his first national release and the first albumreleased on Strange Music. Anghellic features Tech N9ne navigating through Hell,Purgatory and Heaven. The conceptual master later explored his The King,The Clown and The G personas on his 2006 album, Everready (The Religion).With The Storm, Tech N9ne reintroduces The King, The Clown and The G to hislongtime listeners. He also introduces them to his new fans, people who may havebecome Technicians thanks to his more recent material, including the gold certifiedsingles Fragile with Kendrick Lamar and Mayday!, as well as Hood Go Crazywith 2 Chainz and B.o.B.The Storms first single Erbody But Me fits perfectly in the Kingdom section ofThe Storm. On the kinetic cut, Tech N9ne deflects detractors and salutes his swag,while the percussive Wifi (WeeFee) trumpets Tech N9nes status as a plug as hedelivers some intricate alliterative rhyming. Elsewhere, the raucous Srirachafeatures Logic and Joyner Lucas, both of whom asked Tech N9ne to appear on thecut after hearing an early version of the Michael Seven Summers-produced cut.Thanks in part to his guests on the song, Sriracha evolved into something differentfrom how Tech N9ne first imagined it.It was not mean to turn into a chopper song, but Joyner Lucas, whenever he gets onanything, he has to kill everything, Tech N9ne explains. Almost nobody ever sendsme tracks for real, so the people that send me ones are brave. Joyner Lucas sent meone because hes a brave soul. Thats cool cause Im usually the one always sendingtracks out. So what I did on Sriracha is what the beat needed.Things get confrontational on the mesmerizing Get Off Me, a collaboration withProblem and Strange Musics recently signed new artist, Darrein Safron. The threeshowcase their braggadocio side with high-powered lyricism, something that was ofparticular importance to Darrein. Tech N9ne says that because Safron in known asan R&B singer, people dont think he can rap. Hes a product of his environment,Tech N9ne says. Hes not trying to act like nobody. Hes like, These people dontthink I can rap. So he rapped and he killed it. I love that. Problem did what he doesand he killed it to. Everyones going to love this song when they hear it.Tech N9ne descends into Clown Town with I Get It Now, the darkest portion ofthe album, which details the rappers longstanding struggle with not fitting into thetraditional rap world, while Hold On Me features him taking a sobering look at hisrelationships with women. Then theres Poisoning The Well, which showcases abluesy sound. As Tech N9ne emerges into the G. Zone section of the album, helaments that hes not as successful and acclaimed as he should be on The Needleand he imagines getting away to find peace on Anywhere with Marsha Ambrosius.Tech N9nes creative prowess shines throughout The Storm, as does the work ofprimary producer Michael Seven Summers. Were a great team, Tech N9ne says.We bounce ideas off each other all the time. Seven is just so diverse that he can do asong like the one I did with Jonathan Davis on here called Starting To Turn, whichis super metal, and then turn around and do Get Off Me with Problem and DarreinSafron. Hes also able to do No Gun Control with Gary Clark Jr. and Krizz Kaliko andthen do Buss Serves, the Too $hort remake of CussWords. If I had a word forSeven, it would be ambidextrous.For his own work, Tech N9ne has a high standard. I have to rap against Tech N9neevery time I do a record, he says. And thats hard to do. Tech N9ne has been doingjust that since he emerged in the mid-1990s. Subsequently, the visionary rapper hasbecome as one of the genres most prolific and acclaimed artists. He and businesspartner Travis OGuin have built Strange Music into the industry standard withrobust music, touring and merchandise components. Even though Strange Musicremains fiercely independent, Tech N9ne still enjoys major label level success. Heearned his second and third gold certifications in 2016 for his Fragile and HoodGo Crazy singles, testaments to OGuins and his dedication to the company.Reinvest, reinvest, reinvest, Tech N9ne says. Thats how you build. Thats how webuilt this empire.As Strange Music grew into a music industry force, it developed a reputation overthe last decade-plus as one of the only reliable businesses in the field. All of thatmade the The Storm so striking to Tech N9nes fans and Tech N9ne himself, but theworkload is not easy. Its hard, but I make sure that I have some happiness aroundme at all times Tech says.Revisiting his roots and overcoming adversity helped shape The Storm, Tech N9nesmost powerful musical moment. Brace yourself.

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