Concert Review: Tech N9ne at Pops in St Louis, MO 10-17-10

Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour stopped off at Pops in St. Louis Missouri on Sunday October 17th. The tour included a variety of hip/hop and rap artists that was sure to satisfy any and all who enjoy the genre. Opening acts Kold Kase, P.R.E.A.C.H., Glasses Malone, Jay Rock, and E-40 kicked off the show as the die hard fans awaited the artists of Strange Music, Tech N9ne’s record label. These include Big Scoob, Kutt Calhoun, Krizz Kaliko, and of course, Tech N9ne.

The party started in the parking lot of Pops as everyone waited in line for the doors to open pii_email_8953fcff2f2c1d49fbad. I mean party when I say party too. An assortment of liquor and beer was being passed around, as well as the occasional joint. The crowd, consisting of a range of different cliques, all waited patiently together drinking and smoking as they conversed until the doors opened and the party was moved inside.

Kold Kase, a local St. Louis rap duo, opened the show with what I thought was an amazing performance, especially since I had never heard of them until this point. Another St. Louis rapper, P.R.E.A.C.H., took the stage after Kold Kase, and put on a pretty good a show. I had seen P.R.E.A.C.H. all over Myspace during the last two years, and was thrilled to actually get to see and hear what he was all about. Kold Kase and P.R.E.A.C.H. both had an excellent stage presence. All eyes and ears were on them as they killed the mic with original music and that speedy Midwest rap style that every Tech N9ne fan knows and loves.

Taking the stage next came West Coast rappers Glasses Malone, Jay Rock, and then E-40. Each artist did a set of their own songs, and even some cover songs from artists like T-pain and Lil Wayne. In my opinion this is where the entertainment level started to slip a notch or two. I was there for the underground sound. Glasses Malone and E-40 had a couple crowd movers, but didn’t seem to compare to the first two opening acts. Jay Rock, who is the newest signed artist on Strange Music, put on a show simliar to that of Malone and E-40′s, but even being on Tech’s label wasn’t enough to put him on the same level as Kold Kase or P.R.E.A.C.H.

After two hours of back to back performances, the floor was sticky with beer, and the air was thick with the smell of high grade hydroponics. Everyone pushed toward the front, awaiting Tech N9ne and the rest of the Strange Music crew to take the stage. Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, and Big Scoob all came out at the same time. The crowd went wild as the four rappers did song after song of collaborations from each other’s albums, including hit jams like Slacker, Imma Tell, City 2 City, Midwest Choppers and Strange Music Box. With Scoob, Kaliko, Kutt, and Tech all locally out of Kansas City Missouri, the crowd was more like one big family than a group of fans. Everyone in the building knew every word to all the songs and sang along with them all. There were plenty of tittiess to enjoy as well. Women were flashing the stage as Tech performed the song Areola.

Getting to hear the upcoming local groups Kold Kase and P.R.E.A.C.H., as well as the West Coast representatives Glasses Malone, Jay Rock, and E-40 was a treat. The artists kept everyone entertained until the Kansas City Kings ended the night with a bang. Big Scoob, Kutt Calhoun, and Krizz Kaliko, with their unique sounds and styles, showed us why Strange Music rules the underground rap scene. They aided Tech N9ne in entertaining the biggest party I have been to all year. It was an unforgettable night and I’d love to see Tech N9ne in concert again, maybe without so many opening acts next time.