When: Fri., May 3 2013
electronic, 8 p.m.
Like fine wine, Tech N9ne’s taken time to mature and breathe. The Kansas City rapper had a couple of near-miss opportunities in the early ’90s, but that long apprenticeship gave him plenty of time to craft a steely, rapid-fire style befitting his name. N9ne’s production tends toward a frantic, high-impact sound that recalls Esham’s spooky horror core and early Public Enemy. N9ne got his break with 2001’s Interscope-distributed Anghellic, but he bristled at the label’s lack of promotion and struck out alone, self-releasing 2002’s Absolute Power. The decision slowed his rise to the top, but it couldn’t hold the prolific rapper back. His efforts eventually culminated in 2011’s minor breakthrough All 6’s and 7’s, which was quickly followed by the collaborative album, Welcome to Strangeland. Both releases introduced Tech N9ne’s sinister sound to the mainstream and whetted appetites for June’s Something Else. —Chris Parker FRIDAY