LeBron James could use some guidance from Tech N9ne. When the now-deposed king of the NBA took his ball and ditched Cleveland for Miami, he left more than his effigy burning in his home state; the departure charred his legacy, too. Unlike James' slam to his hometown, Tech N9ne's newest release, Collabos: The Gates Mixed Plate, once again reaffirms Tech's for-better-or-worse dedication to Kansas City. Aside from the obvious shout-out to one of the city's most beloved barbecue joints, Mixed Plate gathers some beloved local hip-hop talent, in a twist on the old-fashioned block party. In addition to Strange Music labelmates Kutt Calhoun, Krizz Kaliko and Big Scoob, Tech's new disc also features Tay Diggs, Bishop Young Don, 816 Boyz, the Popper, and local newcomers Craig Smith and Irv Da Phenom. Even radio personality JT Quick stops by for an interlude. As one of the best-selling independent artists in the country, Tech doesn't need to round up the city's finest to sell albums. He might, in fact, ship more units with more features from Devin the Dude and Yukmouth (two formidable underground artists who also pop in to drop a few verses). But Mixed Plate carries the message that Tech himself has vocalized: Fuck the industry. Bron Bron should take note. Winning under the streetlights of your hometown can be more meaningful than relaxing under the bright lights of your favorite vacation spot.