Tech N9ne has been in the rap game for more than 25 years.
He’s well-known for his lyricism and Chopper-style rapping and has produced 12 albums. His music has been featured on movies and video games such as Madden NFL and Alpha Dog.
If you do an internet search for “greatest rappers of all time,” you’d probably find Tech N9ne on most of those lists.
He performed for the first time in Evansville at the Old National Events Plaza Monday night.
Relive Noah’s Tech N9ne experience on Courier & Press’ Instagram
Tech N9ne’s Planet Tour 2018 was also an opportunity to showcase artists on his label, Strange Music.
King Iso, Joey Cool and Just Juice were all hand-picked by Tech N9ne for this tour. All of those musicians are lyrical technicians.
Tech N9ne’s longtime collaborator Krizz Kaliko performed alongside “Nina” for most of his set. During Tech N9ne’s costume changes, yes there were several costume changes, Kaliko wowed the audience with his tight rhymes and silky-smooth R&B crooning.
I would highly recommend you see this tour because these guys are not just half-buzzed hip-hop heads talking over a track played by a DJ with a MacBook. They’re showmen. They put every inch of heart, soul and skill into their sets.
Here are some noteworthy takeaways:
Positivity and #MentalHealthMatters
All of the artists put out positive vibes.
A self-proclaimed underdog, Just Juice was constantly telling the audience to work hard and avoid people in their life who brought them down. That’s what he did, and now he’s on tour with Tech N9ne.
Krizz Kaliko stopped the show at one point to personally thank his fans. He said his performances were therapy for him. And he appreciated them.
King Iso also had a show-stopping moment at the end of his set. For about two minutes, he talked about mental health and how much we, as a society, should recognize its importance.
He asked the entire crowd to put one finger in the air and scream to let out all of the stress, pain and anxiety we’d been facing.
King Iso and Joey Cool can spit
It’s obvious that King Iso and Joey Cool are the up and coming stars on Tech N9ne’s label.
Joey Cool started his set like he had something to prove. He does. He’s Strange Music’s newest signee.
He has loads of talent, though. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see his name on the charts soon.
Same with King Iso. He was poised on stage. Quick with the flow, I was reminded of Busta Rhymes at one point during his set.
Here are a couple songs I liked:
Just Juice keeps it real
Just Juice put on a great set. His song Lavish is probably the hottest song on Tech N9ne’s label right now.
Immediately after the performance, he popped up right behind me in the crowd near the stage. Fans immediately rushed over to embrace him. He was signing merchandise and posing in photos.
A group of fans asked me to take a photo of the group with Just Juice.
Rappers get indigestion, too
As the show came to an end, Tech N9ne said to his fans, “I went to (Bru Burger) before the show and had a patty melt, Evansville! The patty melt is getting caught right up here,” pointing to his throat.
To musicians, hip-hop or otherwise, avoid the Bru Burger Patty Melt before your performance here in Evansville. Might I suggest the Quinoa or Valencia Salad. Or just keep it simple with a The Beginning Burger.
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