Tech N9ne

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Tech N9ne

JL, Starrz, Whitney Peyton, Lethal Injektion, Stacc Styles

Sep 23 Fri

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rialto Theatre

$35.00 - $50

This event is all ages

General Admission Floor, Reserved Balcony seats

Tech N9ne
While he debuted in the underground realm of horrorcore and seemed destined to be a future footnote, rapper Tech N9ne grew to be an indie rap superstar. In the process, he built his Strange Music label into a Psychopathic Records-styled empire with an accompanying loyal fan base, but when it comes to influence, Tech arguably topped underground trailblazers Insane Clown Posse thanks to collaborations with mainstream artists and a style that evolved from horrorcore to hardcore and confessional.

The Calm Before the Storm Born Aaron Dontez Yates in Kansas City, Missouri, Tech learned to read and do math through educational raps. Later, music helped him deal with his mother's ongoing struggle with lupus, while an interest in horror and ghosts would offer an attractively dark form of escapism. He brought these qualities to his own work as he joined groups like Black Mafia, 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians, Nnutthowze, and the Yukmouth project the Regime. In 1996 he signed with Quincy Jones' label Qwest before moving to the indie Midwestside Records, where he released his debut, The Calm Before the Storm, in 1999. The Worst followed on the label in 2000, and then the Interscope-associated imprint JCOR picked the artist up for 2001's Anghellic, a horrorcore effort that introduced Tech's own sublabel, Strange Music.
Absolute Power Touring certainly helped spread the word, and the rapper's over the top stage show locked some fans in for good, but Tech didn't feel his label was being honest about sales, so he left JCOR and took Strange Music with him. The label released Absolute Power in 2002, with Strange artists Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun making guest appearances on the album along with Eminem's dark crew D12. Everready (The Religion) followed in 2006 with Krizz and Kutt joined by Brotha Lynch Hung to represent the Strange Music roster, while an E-40 guest spot continued Tech's crossover journey, which came to include his music on video game soundtracks (25 to Live, Madden NFL 06). The album debuted at number 50 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Misery Loves Kompany The 2007 album Misery Loves Kompany launched the rapper's "Collabos" series where every cut came with a guest artist, although mostly it was Kutt and Krizz, with a visit from old friend Yukmouth. The next year's album, Killer, came with a cover that mocked Michael Jackson's Thriller and debuted at number 12, as Tech was joined by Krizz, Kutt, Ice Cube, and Scarface along with the rapcore group (hed) p.e. Krayzie Bone joined for 2009's collabs album Sickology 101, which introduced Big Scoob as a Strange Music artist. The album also featured Suburban Noize group Potluck as guests, and with Tech making an appearance at that year's Gathering of the Juggalos festival hosted by ICP, Strange claimed their rightful place next to Suburban and Psychopathic in the pantheon of indie rock-rap labels. By the end of the year, the concept album K.O.D. had landed with Three 6 Mafia on the guest list, and 2010 kicked into high gear with the release of two EPs (The Lost Scripts of K.O.D. and Seepage), a collabs album (The Gates Mixed Plate with Devin the Dude, Glasses Malone, and many others) and an XXL Magazine-sponsored mixtape (Bad Season).
All 6's and 7's The slick crossover effort All 6's and 7's followed in 2011. With guest appearances from Lil Wayne, B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar, Twista, T-Pain, and Snoop Dogg, Tech had arguably become mainstream with the release while the album's debut at number four -- and its eventual climb to number one -- made it official. The collabs album Welcome to Strangeland appeared by the end of the year and 2013 saw him return with Something Else, an album featuring guest shots from System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Kendrick Lamar, and the remaining members of the Doors. A fifth collection of collaborations titled Strangeulation appeared in 2014, and the LP Special Effects landed a year later. The album featured guests like B.o.B, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, plus Eminem, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. The year 2015 also saw the release of the sixth collabos album, Strangeulation, Vol. 2, with guest shots from Big Scoob, Ces Cru, and Murs, the last of whom had just signed with Strange Music.
The StormTech's 17th studio album arrived in late 2016. The Storm featured a typically diverse roster of guests, including Korn's Jonathan Davis, Boyz II Men, Gary Clark, Jr., Logic, and his Strange signees Krizz and Scoob. The album became one of his most successful to date, rising into the Top Five on the Billboard independent, R&B, and rap charts. Tech followed with his seventh Tech N9ne Collabos album, Dominion, which arrived in the spring of 2017. The collection featured familiar faces like Krizz Kaliko, Ces Cru, Murs, and Brotha Lynch Hung, with production by Michael "Seven" Summers. A second Collabos set was issued months later. Strange Reign recruited many familiar faces and landed in the Top 100 of the Billboard 200. Tech's 20th, Planet, arrived in early 2018.
JL
At only 26,his story is far from complete, but R&B enthusiasts can relish the opportunity to join Bolivar native Jawaskia Lake, more commonly known as "JL",on his musical journey. Lake released his first album "Incredible" Febuary 9,2010 ,which he sold a couple thousand copies getting started. Fans of that debut albums should look forward to the sophmore project and more to come.A graduate of Bolivar Central High School in 2005, Lake had always been involved in music. He remembers singing and playing the drums for "The Goldenairs", a local gospel group, which his mother belonged. "I've been apart of music all my life. I was raised in a musical family. I've been singing since I can remember.JL toured with the Memphis based gospel group and Stellar Awards Nominee "Perfection" for a couple years while being signed to the legendary "Barkays". JL recalled wanting to try a little something new with a different flavor. "My R&B is more soul and you can tell that I came from a gospel background. It's really something to check into," JL said in reflection of his music". JL suppressed a smile when asked how he felt about the growing popularity of his music. " I just do what I do and I thank God everyday for the things that happen to me," he said. "People are starting to know who I am. I'm not nervous. I'm ready to do what I need to do." During his career, JL has performed all over opening for acts like Yo Gotti, Keyshia Cole, Urban Mystic, Brian Mcknight, Bobby Valentino,Marvin Sapp w/ (Perfection), Mighty Clouds of Joy also w/ (Perfection) and many other greats. He has written and produced tracks for other artists such Novakane, Oscar Winning- Frayser Boy, Andrecus B and is excited about working with new producers and songwriters. JL is excited and is dedicated to every aspect of music production. He is currently attending Lane College, where he studies Education as a asset to his career. Whatever the future holds, JL gives the credit to God." Without him," he said, "nothing is possible."
Starrz
Take one good look at StarrZ and you'll be intrigued by his young infectious personality, intriguing passion and career driven spirit. Press play on one of his records and you can't help but love his brazen confidence, clever wordplay and gritty approach dubbed "the swag entendre." His multi-faceted approach to his music has quickly made StarrZ an undeniable fresh face in the front lines of a new generation of Hip-Hop music leaders in his city.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Colby Hall aka "StarrZ" was no stranger to the hard life while growing up on the streets of one of America's most crime-ridden cities. As a youngster, the budding artist listened to music his mother played around the house – classic soul and R&B. But it was Lauryn Hill's lyrical performance on the Fugees album "The Score," that inspired him to start rapping. At age 16, he took his talents serious and connected with DJ Tigga and one of Baltimore's most popular DJ's, K-Swift, and began performing his raps over club music. A couple years later, he cultivated his sound and took a more serious approach in his lyrics, inspired by the likes of Jay Z, Eminem and Kanye West. He went on to drop two mixtapes in 2007 and 2009 titled "Real Rap I" and Real Rap II," that showcased his talent but didn't receive as much attention as he had hoped.

A year later, the 22-year-old revamped his style and changed his tone to a more flashy, commercial and fun vibe on the project "Flyy Times of Skyy Jones." The switch-up proved to be a good look as his music generated a growing buzz in his hometown. He followed up with the hit mixtape "Skyy Jones 2" and watched his popularity continue to increase, fueled by his boyish-good looks and charming personality. In 2011, he received the "Best New Artist" award at the Baltimore Music Awards and became a household name in his beloved city.

StarrZ, with his skater-meets-hood style and "urban pop" sound, appealed to a vast audience, and his 2012 project bodly titled "Best Mixtape Ever," proved he was a leader in the new school of rap artists bringing cool to Hip-Hop. With over 7,000 downloads and the hit singles "No Panties" featuring Money and "American Nighmare" featuring Paula Campbell and Paige, this was his most successful project by far. Now with a solid buzz and an increasing fan base, StarrZ' talents attracted the attention of Kansas City Chiefs NFL player and music executive Tamba Hali. The CEO of Relumae Records met with the young artist and wasted no time in signing him in the summer of 2013.

Never one to leave his fans waiting for too long, StarrZ jumped back into the studio to work on his next mixtape "Live Forever, Die Dope," slated to drop on Dec. 9th. The much-anticipated project meshes the Baltimore native's catchy lyrics and gritty tone with fire beats produced by Streets Scott, Ghost, Jay Reddy, 4 Point 0, and Calvo Da Gr8. The conceptual project, lead by the gritty single "Dope Trilla" and party anthem "Dance All Night," sonically tells his complicated story of growing up in Baltimore and becoming a music legend. "This mixtape is serious. It's how I grew up. Yeah I was a pretty boy, but I had to handle my ground. It's fun, gangsta and serious all at the same time," explains StarrZ. The 25-year-old also unleashed his love and appreciation for art with a colorful painting as the mixtape cover. He recently joined the artistic club " Art Cxlt" made up of genius photographers, painters, tattoo artists and videographers – all with a genuine passion for making beautiful art.

With talent beyond his years, a strong fan base that continues to grow every day, and his whole city behind him, StarrZ will undoubtedly take the nation by storm with his ingenious music. He effortlessly weaves his sound between Hip-Hop, rock, and pop – catering to music lovers across the globe. You've been introduced — now prepare to watch this young legend dominate the industry.
Whitney Peyton
If artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Eminem, and Missy Elliott miraculously had a pale love child that somewhat resembled Hayley Williams of Paramore, she would be just like Whitney Peyton. W.P. is a unique emcee, with a firecracker personality, hailing from the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA. Beginning close to home she became, and generally still holds the #1 spot on The Hip Hop Charts on Reverbnation.com in Philadelphia. Her continuous drive has also gained her several nominations (and wins) at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards (PA) for categories including "Best New Artist", "Best Lyricist", "Best Live Performer", "Best Female Solo Artist" and "Best Hip Hop Performer" from 2010 through 2014. Whitney was nominated in the 2014 Tri-State Indie Music Awards (PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD) for "Emerging Hip-Hop Artist of the Year" and won.

Equipped with catchy hooks and relatable rap verses, she is the top voted unsigned artist in her home state on MTV2's "On The Rise" contest and has been interviewed and played on numerous independent, college, and online radio stations. With no label or management, the rapper has also landed various TV spots, swept the pages of multiple magazines and music blogs internationally, as well as accumulated over 1 Million+ total YouTube views on her channel.

With an undeniable stage presence, W.P. has headlined countless packed events as well as performed with well-known acts including Jadakiss, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Sheek Louch, Hopsin, Rittz, Big K.R.I.T., MIMS, Tech N9ne, Paul Wall, Vanilla Ice, TWIZTID, R.A. the Rugged Man, DMX, and many more! She has collaborated on songs with Bizarre (of D12), Cassidy, Da Mafia 6ix (formerly Three 6 Mafia), WAX, MIMS, Daddy X and Dirtball (of Kottonmouth Kings), Caskey (YMCMB), Layzie Bone (of Bone Thugs N Harmony), Spectacular (of Pretty Ricky), Mistah F.A.B., Spice 1, Chris Webby, R.A. The Rugged Man, and the list goes on!

Despite her edgy image and attitude, Whitney was chosen to be one of the faces of Philadelphia's "Unlitter Us" Campaign in 2010. TV spots for the campaign aired city-wide (and in surrounding areas) through 2011 on stations such as MTV, BET, Vh1, Comedy Central, ABC, and NBC. Whitney was featured using her rap ability in a spoken word poem she wrote about cleaning up the city streets. She also appeared in print and transportation ads, while additionally being seen alongside Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at anti-litter rallies, and community events.

Further proving her versatility as an artist, W.P. took part in writing and recording on an Anti-Bullying album geared toward Children in late 2011. The album gained immediate recognition winning a Grammy Award for "Best Children's Album" at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in 2012 as well as a Nappa Honors Award, and Parent's Choice Gold Award from the Parent's Choice Foundation.

Whitney's perseverance, and rapidly growing fan base earned her spots on both a full Canadian tour with Twiztid as well as a 40-date USA tour with rap legend, R.A. The Rugged Man (of Nature Sounds), and Potluck (of Suburban Noize) in 2013. In 2014 she continued her momentum on a 60-date National Tour with Oscar Winning rap group Three 6 Mafia (now known as Da Mafia 6ix) followed by a run as direct support for highly controversial electronica group Blood on the Dance Floor. Never missing a beat, Whitney Peyton is taking 2015 by storm. She has successfully headlined her own tour dates while working on new music and visuals. Recently Whitney wrapped up a powerhouse tour with Fronzilla (from man from Atilla).

Despite her many hard-earned accolades W.P. still considers herself an "Underdog" in many ways. Having achieved so much independently, with an image not easily associated with hip-hop, it's easy to tell that her fans appreciate her home-grown attitude and "Team Underdog" movement. After releasing several free EP's she dropped what she considers her debut album, "On The Brink" last year (Jan. 2014). "On the Brink" features well-known acts from both the mainstream and underground and sold several thousand units worldwide with no official distribution! As a gift to her fans W.P. released a free EP entitled "Fear of Falling" this past March 2015 as an appetizer for a full-length album set to release in December of this year. If this biography is your first time seeing the name "Whitney Peyton" keep your eyes open because it won't be the last.
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