After seeing artists perform four or five times, you’d think their stage show would grow old. While that may be the case for many underwhelming modern MCs, Tech N9ne continually raises the stakes for live performances with every one of his nearly seasonally, marathon tours.
One of the latest stops in his Strange Music revue was at the Royal Oak Music Theater just outside Detroit. A few years passed since seeing him perform in Austin, TX during a shortened SXSW showcase. High expectations met great anticipation as I entered the venue. This time the hoards of Technician’s prominently entrenched the crowd for his headlining gig. In actuality, Tech’s family of fans are so loyal and into his performance, the atmosphere really ups the value of your ticket.
Despite the occasional overflow from the mosh-pits into casual folk territory, there’s just a feeling of disorderly appreciation for one another throughout the air. Said spirit is missing in most concerts lately. The origin of these upbeat vibes aren’t hard to pinpoint, when the KC king and his crew wreck the stage with their signature presence.
Performing in front of the their custom power plant stage set-up, Strange Music supplied fans with stand-out sets from Rittz, Kutt Kalhoun and Brotha Lynch Hung, all of whom had the crowd more hyped than 80% of typical rap shows you’ll see nowadays. For the finale, Tech Nina and Krizz Kaliko combined their time, running through their shared set of songs.
Once again displaying their revered stage performance, these natural showmen delivered everything from crowd interaction and choreographed dancing to Detroit-themed freestyles and topless chicks from the crowd stripping on stage. The madness ensued while rapping at least thirty songs, utilizing some of the most impressive breath control ever witnessed. Seriously, Tech and Krizz Kaliko could go scuba-diving without air tanks and still be cool. They’re unbelievably talented and they showed that to everyone in the building for over an hour and a half.
Whether you’re a fan of Tech N9ne or still on the fence, if you’re lucky enough to have one of the remaining dates of his current Independent Powerhouse tour, do yourself a favor and go. In a world of mediocre and over-hyped shows, Tech N9ne and Strange Music continually deliver top-notch entertainment that is equally enjoyable and impressive every single time. You can’t argue with that.