Ottawa hip hop heads hadn’t had Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne grace them with his presence since 2012, and last Tuesday during a stop on his Strangeulation Canadian Tour, he blew the roof off of a packed Ritual Nightclub (don’t worry, it’s a metaphor). On the road supporting his latest release Strangeulation with his protégé and label mate Krizz Kaliko, Tech and Krizz performed some his latest hits off the release, as well as some classic Tech N9ne jams. Complete with his classic whiteface paint, Tech showed us that he still has it; showcasing his famous chopper style rapping style that has influenced so many in the industry, without missing a beat.
It was evident that his influence has reached more than just those we call famous in today’s industry based on the opening acts that performed that night. Story Tellers, two individuals hailing from Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve, started the evening off performing a couple songs off their latest release War Paint (www.storytellersmusik.com). Alongside them was their DJ Alive and talented B Boy A.I.M, who both added to the set in their own ways, resulting in a captivating opening performance overall.
Following Story Tellers was an equally entertaining performance by Ottawa bred rapper Swisha T. Swisha T has worked with prominent Canadian recording artists such as Swollen Members MC Madchild and his fast and technical rapping style are one of the many reasons he has become a big part of the Ottawa hip hop scene. His performance that night did not disappoint and set the bar high for Immaculate and Animal Nation; both hail from BC, were the support throughout the whole Strangeulation tour, and delivered standout performances that set the stage perfectly for Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko.
The energy from all of the performers and fans that filled the room was a force to be reckoned with and Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko’s presence only made it even stronger. I think we can all agree that another two years is too long of a time before Tech N9ne rolls his tour bus through Ottawa (a very nice tour bus by the way. I’d know, I was on it), so here’s to Tech N9ne and Strange Music; we better be seeing you soon.
Article written by Andrea Desjardins