Review: Tech N9ne and Strange Music at the Fillmore, 11/12/11

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TECH N9NE at the FILLMORE | 11/12/11

Tech N9NE streaked through the


for the second installment of his Lost Cities tour and brought a slew of dance moves, rough toned vocals and ladies with bountiful breasts with him. Saturday night was a motherfucking party if we've ever seen one...and we have. The Strange Music folks brought the noise and sold out the auditorium, as per usual with a little help from their friends, and it was a sight to behold.

Tech growled onto the stage with enough gusto to blow back any naysayer in the crowd, should there have been any. In perfect step with Kutt Calhoun and Krizz Kaliko, there was nothing else for N9ne to do except show off exactly why he's the independent artist with the number one following.

Hands were in the air and the party rocking had commenced before the MC barely began. Security flanked the stage in the dozens with water hydrating the folks in the pit with ease and surprising consideration. A few folks were getting dragged from the fray for their own health as Tech launched into joints like "Caribou Lou," "K.O.D" and "Worldwide Choppers."

There was a huge amount of shoving and mobbing from the crowd when, "He's a Mental Giant" played, encouraged, no doubt, by Tech saying how much he loves the song and the reaction from the crowd when he performs it. Krizz Kaliko stepped in with several solo joints like, "Anxiety" and assisting Kutt Calhoun on several of his joints, too. The trio sat at inappropriate intervals, taking a rest from their exuberant choreography and crowd interaction.

Having seen Tech and crew the night before at Summit Music Hall, the most different thing about this show was obviously the number of people. The precision in rhymes was there, throughout a set list very similar to Friday's show. N9NE escaped the fray for a while backstage, giving center stage to Kutt Calhoun for a show of tracks from his latest mixtape, Red-Headed Stepchild. Kutt sat down and rocked, "I'm Forever" with perfect execution.

Also Read: "Tech N9ne at Summit Music Hall, 11/11/11"

Lights, lights, lights. Tech N9ne used those lights like flickering tongues. Cutting into the show with his rapid, staccato rhymes, the lights were just as important as the audience. The same waves of reds and oranges and purples that lifted the staging at Summit hovered over the capacity crowd at the Fillmore like hip-hop angels.

As the show wore on, the antics got more and more flagrant. Girls climbed onto the necks of willing guys, ripped off their bras and did everything they could for the Kansas City native. Loving it, he remarked how "my dick is hard as hell right now," evidence that he was enjoying the attention and specifically told one girl that should could most definitely "get fucked."

As is appropriate for when lady's undergarments are being thrown your way, Tech launched into "Girl Crazy" sending the audience and its many girls into frenzy. He rocked a medley of his joints a Capella including his verse from BET's Hip-hop Awards cipher and gladly assisted Krizz Kaliko on his track, "Anxiety." Showing increasing stamina, Tech was on stage for the good part of ninety minutes, and the audience ate it up. Dressed completely in white with the "Strange Music" logo blazoned on the back, he, along with his cohorts, Krizz and Kutt looked like he was ready for lyrical war. Face painted voice clear as glass, Strange Music put on a show for the books, no doubt.

Earlier in the evening BLK HRTS went on a metaphorical murderous rampage, smashing through their set with concrete fists and screaming lyrics. The crowd was revved all the way up for their performance and was ready when Atlanta MC, Flawless took the stage with his bouncy beats, exuberant vocals, yet uninspired lyrics. He was fresh faced and excited, though, so it worked.

Jay Rock's live show has improved tremendously. His voice was right on point as he led the audience through a series of his tracks, opening up with his take on, "Hustle Hard," and the ever popular, "Hood Gone." During Rock's set, there were party goers passing out all over the place and security doing all they could to keep the hooligans hydrated and happy.

Live hip-hop mayhem went down at the Fillmore, as it seems to do every time Tech N9NE comes to town. The ruckus was brought and dopeness was achieved.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: Maybe it's because I sat closer to the stage than I have at other shows but all I could focus on was how fast Tech's mouth was moving. Incredible rapping, sir.

By The Way: Flawless lost his luster about halfway through his first song.

Random Detail: Tech N9ne remarked several times how he had just turned forty. My goodness. The stamina.

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