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?