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Rap at the speed of Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne, the American indie rapper who’s sold over a million albums and collaborated with Cee Lo Green, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, will perform this month in Red Deer.

The Kansas City speed rap pioneer and co-founder of the Strange Music recording company will bust a rhyme on Monday at the Lotus Nightclub, as part of his Something Else Canadian Tour from Montreal to Vancouver.

Tech N9ne (born Aaron Dontez Yates) had an unstable childhood in Missouri. He never knew his father and his mother had physical disabilities, which left him searching for answers in religion and music.

His first rapping stints were in the 1990s with groups called Black Mafia, Nnutthowze and The Regime, formed by Yukmouth.

By 2001, he had co-founded Strange Music and was releasing albums, including Absolute Power, which tripled in sales following Tech N9ne’s decision to offer legal downloads to listeners through his website. It was his personal protest against anti-downloading campaigns.

In 2007, his album Killer was released and Tech N9ne exceeded one million in sales over this entire catalogue — an amazing accomplishment for an independent artist.

His 13th studio album, Something Else, came out to critical acclaim earlier this summer. The first single from it, B.I.T.C.H. (an acronym for Breaking In To Coloured Houses), features rapper/singer T-Pain.

The release is broken into three sections called Earth, Water and Fire, and also features guest appearances by Green, The Doors, Game, Wiz Kalifa, B.o.B., Big K.R.I.T and Kendrick Lamar, among others.

Tech N9ne, who was influenced by old school hip-hip, is known for his dynamic rhyme schemes, speed rapping skills, and songs that touch on weightier issues, including abortion and infidelity.

Several of his tunes have appeared in films, including Alpha Dog, and Born 2 Race, TV serials, including The Hills, and video games, such as Madden NFL 2006 and Midnight Club.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information about the show at 4618 50th Ave., call 403-346-1101.



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