“Tech is one of the most popular rappers to have no media profile” opens the article from the Chicago Tribune in a short expose covering Tech N9ne, who will be performing along with the Strange Music roster at the House of Blues in Chicago. The article has Tech explain his early influences, what goes into his live performances, and how Jim Morrison saved his life.
Tech reveals his early record purchases and how he had to stash them away from the watchful eyes of his parents:
“I bought Public Enemy, ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’, and Eric B and Rakim, ‘Paid in Full’. I bought BDP (Boogie Down Productions) records, I bought Mantronix records, and stashed them across the street at my friend’s house. Slick Rick albums, know what I mean? Old-school, man, was my thing.”
Tech goes into what you can expect from his show in a telling illumination:
“It’s rap, there’s rock, it’s b-boyish, it’s sad, it’s mad, it’s happy, sexual. It’s everything, man. It’s a roller-coaster ride, man. I learned from the old school so there’s routines, there’s everything, man. The crowd is involved with us — we’re not the only ones up there rapping, the crowd is helping, you know what I mean? It’s such a big bundle of fun rapping for like an hour and 35 minutes of my own set. … It’s like murder, man, it’s boisterous, it’s rock and rap, it’s everything, man, it’s R&B, it’s ambidextrous, its schizophrenic, man.”
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