The line for the entrance rattled around Old National last night, slithering down N. New Jersey before settling on a mid-way point on E. North St. The fans were hyped, slathered in face paint to pay homage to Indy's guest of honor. Tech N9ne.
After being filed through and registered, the lot of us were crammed into the Egyptian Room again. One really wonders at the great acts that have graced this room. Oh, the stories these walls could tell. Possibly incriminating ones at that - good thing thay can't speak.
Before going into any of this, I just have to get this out. The show was sick. It was dope, awesome, amazing, fantastic, schway - whatever your preference for the synonym of "cool" is, if you weren't there than you missed one of the best shows of 2013. The Strange Music Crew kept us energized and mesmerized, and people were crunk, drunk (there was possible skunk being passed about as well). My only wish is that I had a better camera to bring to you better images of last night.
Ces Cru gave us a hell of in the opening act, bombarding the audience with sick duets and one-on-one battles that left us floored. They wouldn't be the last dynamic duo that night, but be damned if they weren't one of rawest.
Following Ces Cru was Rittz. This was his first tour since signing on with Strange Music. Rittz was more than happy to give the crowd his heavy-fire spit, splitting ear drums with most excellent of rhymes. Performing his hit "White Jesus" and a personal favorite 'High Five' Rittz had the room thumbing so hard you swore walls were coming down. After his set he toured the crowd meeting fans with high-fives and photo ops. The man knows how to treat the crowd.
Following Rittz was Kutt Calhoun, a truly powerful stage presence. He dominated the stage, standing his own against an audience of hundreds. His dynamic personality leapt across the stage giving out energy the crowd needed to keep him amped and excited. His words were as a sharp as heated scimitar cutting through a robot.
One of the most theatric acts of the night Brotha Lynch Hung, introduced by MC Scenario, shambling on stage drenched in chains and a Lecter-esque face guard. The persona of a former cannibal was fun, albiet dark. Another first for this tour, Brotha Lynch Hung was accompanied by younger brother Triz, who, quote "is trying the it [the rap game] out." Both delivered a dynamic stage presence with a fantastic act.
Finally, the head liner. Tech N9ne with Krizz Kaliko. If Kutt Calhoun dominated the stage, then Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko ripped it out from under him. They stormed on stage immediately opening up with a barrage of sick rhymes that rattled through skulls and dissolved brain matter into liquid pleasure-sound. With "POWER" struck across his face, Tech N9ne laid down some fan favorite tracks, "Midwest Chopper," "Red Nose" and "Areola" (this song being the highlight of the night). It was my first time seeing him, but it won't be last. His energy on stage can be measured in fictional giga-watts!
Their performance is difficult to word because I'm still so excited from seeing it. Both of them were so in synch, playing off each other. If you missed the show this year, you're in luck. Tech N9ne announced a new tour this November possibly promoting his upcoming album release Something Else and his EP Therapy.
The show concluded with the entire cast storming the stage and performing in unison.
Truly one my favorite shows of 2013 and something no one will forget. Till then, see you next time Techies.