It’s 3:00 A.M., and these words are brought to your screens by fingers still trembling with the energy of incredible hip hop. Mere hours ago Tech N9ne gave The Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg, Manitoba one of the most intoxicatingly energetic shows in its history, but i’m getting ahead of myself. At nine o’clock, I arrived at what has come to be the premier venue for hip hop in Winnipeg, accompanied by my wonderful wife, my brother, and my aunt. Having been born and raised just outside Kansas City, I was excited for Winnipeg to see (once again) what KC hip hop is all about. After claiming our tickets at will call and making sure the bar was stocked up on pineapple juice, we were free to take in the sights and sounds of Winnipeg’s own Filthy Animals. With the Caribou Lou’s going down dangerously smooth and the high energy of a building full of Tech N9ne fans, it wasn’t long before the experience became otherworldly. Following Filthy Animals were their B.C. partners in house-rockin Scale Breakers, who kept the energy at a dizzying level as the growing crowds awaited the appearance of the Kansas City King.
At roughly 11:45, shit got real. Tech N9ne appeared onstage, emitting an inebriating cloud of hip hop energy that quickly flipped any previously un-altered states in the crowd. With the howling and applause dying down, it was immediately apparent what was being chanted: the beginnings of “Worldwide Choppers”. Before it had time to fully register, Tech was bombarding the ears of hundreds with his verse to the All 6’s And 7’s banger. Shortly thereafter, fellow KC legend Krizz Kaliko appeared onstage like some sinister apparition of lyricism, completing the duo that would blow the minds and ears of the Winnipeg masses. Tech and Kali proceeded to play every “if he plays that song I’mma lose my shit!” song the fans could possibly have wanted, banging out hits from Celcius, Absolute Power, Anghellic, K.O.D. and more. At one point a lucky female was brought onstage as Tech and Krizz made lyrical love to her ears with “Seven Words”.
Other high points of the show included a live performance of “He’s a Mental Giant” complete with full crowd participation, and my personal highlight – Tech N9ne breaking into “Einstein”, and taking me back to grade 7 hearing Tech for the first time. When the beats ended, the fans voices were raspy from screaming lyrics, many were undoubtedly making future chiropractic appointments necessitated by 6 hours of tumultuous head banging, and none were left with any doubt that a Tech N9ne show is anything less than legendary.
-Brent Bradley, Strange Music Blogs Contributor
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“Worldwide Choppers” and “He’s A Mental Giant” were produced by Seven.