Sounds Good II: Tech N9ne @ The Midland & Demetri Martin @ The Uptown

Too much of a good thing? Nah…

Here’s a second installment of what to do this weekend, just to make things a little more interesting.

Saturday, November 19th
Tech N9ne at the Midland in KC
After releasing All 6’s and 7’s in June of this year, Tech N9ne’s album quickly shot up the charts, selling over 55,000 copies in its first week, and landing at #1 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart.  It featured a bunch of guest performers including Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Wayne, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain, and others. 

But he didn’t stop there.

Nope, the ever-prolific KC native released another album a few short weeks ago entitled Welcome to Strangeland, which dropped on Tech’s 40th birthday. This time, it’s a hometown affair, as the album features only artists that are on the Strange Music label. On his website, Tech describes his approach to the new album:
“Here’s what I did. I told Travis, ‘I want these beats to sound enchanting. I want it to be like Nightmare Before Christmas meets Beetlejuice but still have that down-South bass.’ Always gotta have that knock because without no pulse there’s no life.”
“The mission statement is: ‘This is the world I’ve created and these are all the talented motherfuckers that are within it. Look what’s coming in hip hop. That’s what it is. All this talent I have right here within my empire. Look at what’s coming! Liz Suwandi is coming. CES Cru is coming. All these niggas are coming! They say Tech N9ne is opening the doors, well look what’s coming behind him! Kutt Calhoun, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, ¡Mayday!, CES Cru, Brotha Lynch Hung, Prozak, Young Bleed, Jay Rock–all these motherfuckers are dope!”


Demetri Martin at the Uptown in KC

You might recognize this guy from Comedy Central stand-up specials, or from his show on the same network that was called Important Things with Demetri Martin that ran for about a year. But he also wrote for The Daily Show and Conan for awhile.  His stand-up routine consists of a kind of off-beat wordplay style that can be extremely dry at times.  He also uses drawings on a large easel with humorous descriptions and sometimes plays the guitar.  Wow, reading what I just wrote, that doesn’t really sound funny at all.  But trust me, it is.  Really funny.

Here’s a little taste:

“A lot of people don’t like bumper stickers. I don’t mind bumper stickers. To me a bumper sticker is a shortcut. It’s like a little sign that says ‘Hey, let’s never hang out.’
“I like fruit baskets because it gives you the ability to mail someone a piece of fruit without appearing insane. Like, if someone just mailed you an apple you’d be like, ‘Huh? What the hell is this?’ But if it’s in a fruit basket you’re like, ‘This is nice!’ “

OK, I guess some of it may be in the delivery.  Just trust me on this one, okay?
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4 Responses to Sounds Good II: Tech N9ne @ The Midland & Demetri Martin @ The Uptown

  1. chuck says:

    Just grabbed some Tech9 lyrics at random off of google
    reason I sit at the window with the milla wishin a nigga gon come break in (chaa)It is the reason I be freakin the women deeper lovin makin her silly because I done they friend (chaa)It is the reason I bang (chaa)It is definately the reason I slangDIstributed the caineThe reason I’m super soakin in the pain (ehr)And startin to love it (ehr)It’s wantin to give me way more of itThey want me to lug it through the mudAnd thus the reason with happy people I’m disgusted (chaa)I’m talkin about those thangs that make you do bad things (chaa)Livin the evil up in the fast lane (chaa)Makin me wanna have ? beatin the hell outta people makin me mad mayne (chaa)Gave me the gun when I ran up in ?dealins? in 9th gradeWith a sligh rage I was ice age (chaa)Another reason Tecca Nina won’t have any light days Voted me the King of Darkness (ehr)Voted me to be really heartless (ehr)All up in my spirt they march they makin me start sparkin at the targets (ehr)Woke up today I was steaminCuz when I found out I was not dreaminBecause the host that afloats me the most was a goddam demon (Demon, demon)
    [Chorus:]When I was 1 and a 2 and a 3 and a 4I knew I was a special one who had a little moreAnd they wondered why I was ?plottin? rotten to the coreIt was nothin but an itty bitty demonThere’s a demon inside a me can I kill it (hell naw)Can I kill it (hell naw)Can I kill it (hell naw)There’s a demon inside a me can I kill it (hell naw)Can I kill it (hell naw)Can I kill it (hell naw)
    [DJ Paul:]See it’s a demon inside’a me n I’m thinkin its that dopeIt’s got me doin shit a nigga never’a never even done befoeIt got me kickin the doo’Of folks I don’t even knowStraight wildin9-11 time a fuckin’ thousandBuck like burkly housin, my glock is so erousinMake you stand a’ten hut the way that bitch be shoutin’Somethin’ like a scary movie, nigga but I’m scarierBury ya, Memphis Tenn black Heaven areaBuck nigga, get buck bitch, get wit’ mey’N I’mma show ya how this Tripple 6’ll get sillay Psycho, like no, other individual Glock with the red beam to keep you in my visualThree 6, n Tech Ninna, would’a like an Aquafina? Desert Eagle, 50 cal,Tell me have ya seen’a – pussy juice, still on my shitFrom this hoe I just raped[ From: ]In a fuckin’ hustla face, shot him in his fuckin face
    When I was one, and a two, and a three, and a fourI knew, I was special one who a little moreAnd they, wondered why I was plumb rotten to the coreIt was nothin but an itty bitty demon

    This superficial, narcissistic, destructive, negative, ignorant culture, promoted by buffoons, liars and apologists is cancer on the American body.

    The disgusting, predictable 3rd grade rhymes, relating to hard drugs, rape, violence, mysogyny, glorified by this column, and all apologists for the Hip/Hop/Holocaust is a pathetic “I Wanna Be In The Club” cri de cour from brain dead white boys who are intimidated by the threat of physical violence, and a refusal to acknowledge the imminent and long term threats that this music and culture present.

    Fuck rapper shit right in the fuckin ass.

    And fuck this column.

  2. balbonis moleskine says:

    If anyone hasn’t seen Tec9ne live, I would encourage them to check him out.

    As for the other 99% of people in the city who already have, he hasn’t changed his act in years except for becoming more Juggalo-friendly.

  3. balboni's moleskine says:

    50 yard line commodities trader, but would he report Bernake
    This media witch hunt is getting even more absurd.

    We’ve fired Paterno for only telling his immediate boss after someone came to him with a story about the coach trying to push him out.
    We’ve suspended McQueary for witnessing the assault.
    We are now going after other head coaches who fail to make their quotes punchy enough for alt-weekly reporters.
    Oddly enough, the serial child anal rapist walks free. Only needed to pony up 10k in cash to walk out the front door of the jail.

    Everyone seems to be at fault here except the rapist.

  4. Hearne Christopher says:

    Good point, but Sandusky is going down. There’s little question about that. Paterno on the other hand is in waaaaay deeper than you have characterized it. No way – if you’re following the in-depth reporting on this story – that he was unaware of much of this. Way more than he’s copped to. And even if he turned a blind eye, that was totally bogus based upon what he undoubtedly knew.

    Chances are Paterno’s’s big time lying and had a measurable hand in covering things up.

    So while Sandusky’s goose is cooked, Paterno and many others aren’t even within spitting distance of the oven and what will surely come in the form of eventual justice.

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