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Tech N9ne at The Rust Belt
April 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Tech N9neSaturday, April 15th
Doors 7 PM | Music 8 PM
One of the most insane, and impactful legacies in hip-hop belongs to Tech N9ne. He’s bucked every trend, and not only built a culture, but a whole damn world with Strange Music. The craziest thing is how far he’s come since co-founding Strange Music in 2000. The Kansas City, MO rapper has gone from packed Midwest underground shows to the annual Forbes “Cash Kings” list multiple times, the cover of XXL, the playlists of Sir Elton John and Dwayne Johnson, and national commercials for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Beyond tallying billions of streams and views, he has scored four platinum singles, three gold singles, and a gold album. He notched 23 entries on the Billboard Top albums Chart and holds the record for “most Top 10 albums on the rap chart.” Tech has cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200 four times. His collaborators have ranged from Eminem, The Doors, Lil Wayne, Tupac, Boyz II Men, T.I., MGK, and Gary Clark, Jr. to Slipknot, Deftones, and Logic. Mainstream went Tech when he ignited ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Meanwhile, Complex mused upon “How Kendrick Lamar Became a Star With Help From Tech N9ne.” He has sold out hundreds of shows as part of a relentless schedule. He also introduced his own craft beer Bou Lou—in partnership with KC’s own Boulevard Brewery. There’s only one way to describe a rapper with a bigger audience than ever, wilder shows than ever, and crazier flows than ever—and it’s the title of his twenty-second full-length album, ASIN9NE.
Joey Cool is just that. Cool. The name is a reflection of his nonchalant bravado and swagger, but don’t get it twisted. Though he may have this effortlessly “cool” persona, Joey comes for your head each and every time he picks up the mic. With a knifing drawl, fleet flow, and dense lyrics, Joey Cool transcends his moniker when he’s on the attack. His unwavering confidence and how he backs it up on the mic is what made Joey a pillar of the Kansas City hip-hop scene. Even before signing, Joey grabbed the attention of Strange Music emcees, boasting collaborations with Ces Cru (who featured Joey on their 2015 EP Recession Proof), Tech N9ne and JL. In fact, JL and Joey already have an electric chemistry you can see (anytime they perform together on stage) and hear (on the standout track “Catch A Wave” from JL’s album DIBKIS). Joey Cool, a seasoned veteran with a distinct style and an already deep relationship with Strange Music, made him the perfect addition to the roster. The Strange Reign release concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in front of 10,000 fans became the perfect place to make it official. Joey Cool’s history with Strange is what makes the future so exciting.
Random Tanner (RT) is currently residing in small-city Iowa by way of Clinton along the muddy Mississippi. He’s bringing the style of music all walks of life can relate & connect to. RT comes fully-loaded with a strong message & clear, unique flow. With more show experience than most & a solid team backing him, RT is only seconds away from being an every-household name!