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Friday To-Do: Tech N9ne

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Tech N9ne plays Juanitas Friday night.
  • Tech N9ne plays Juanita's Friday night.

TECH N9NE
9 p.m. Juanita's. $25 adv., $30 d.o.s.

Tech N9ne, nee Aaron Dontez Yates, is an insanely rapid-fire rapper originally from Kansas City. After bouncing around with a few different groups and record labels during the 1990s, he co-founded the label Strange Music in 1999, releasing a string of his own albums, as well as a slew of records from other Kansas City artists, such as Krizz Kaliko, Big Scoob and Kutt Calhoun, among others. He's collaborated with a ton of other rappers, including mainstream stars like Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Lil' Wayne and up-and-comers like Yelawolf.

Tech N9ne's latest, last year's "Welcome to Strangeland," offered more of his trademark dark, sinister, hardcore rap. In the video for the single "Who Do I Catch," we find Tech N9ne hanging out at his mansion, taking notes while enjoying a Monster energy drink, playing the piano, looking pensive, wearing scary makeup, dancing all twitchy, drinking wine out of the bottle even though there was a glass right there next to it and asking who does he catch now.

Tech N9ne's got a super loyal following, probably due at least in part to his relentless touring schedule, (more than 250 dates a year, he told MTV2 last year). He's joined by Krizz Kaliko, Prozak, Machine Gun Kelly, Mayday and Stevie Stone.

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