Tech N9ne - Independent Grind Tour 2018

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Tech N9ne - Independent Grind Tour 2018

Dizzy Wright, Futuristic

Nov 02 Fri

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Rialto Theatre

$37.00 - $50.00

This event is all ages

General Admission Floor // Reserved Balcony Seating

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.
Dizzy Wright
Dizzy Wright
Not many 21-year old rappers can say that they've been rapping for over a decade. The Las Vegas-based rapper began rapping at just 8 years old with the group "DaFuture" with his brother and very close friend – his mother wrote his raps at the time. "My Mom was like Joe Jackson," says Wright, "She was a concert promoter so I was exposed to the music industry early – we even did youth reporting at... major awards shows like the BET Awards."

At 17-years old with several years of experience Dizzy decided to take his rap career seriously. Formerly known as Dizzy D Flashy, Dizzy was a winner on BET's "Wild Out Wednesdays," winner of the Sheikh Music "Rip the Mic" Competition and released 5 mixtapes, which lead him to rack up over 1-million views on YouTube. Wright wants for people to learn something when they listen to his music by discussing situations that his fans can relate to. "The internet allowed me to see what my music did to people – I like being able to see the response. When you rap, you have a voice and this is how I balance my thoughts," says Wright.

In November 2011, Wright signed to Funk Volume after being discovered at the Sheikh Music "Rip the Mic" Competition in 2010. Impressed by his smooth flow, confident stage presence and energy that won over the crowd, Funk Volume knew he was a special talent and would be valuable addition to the team. On the heels of his latest mixtape "Soul Searchin' Next Level," Wright will release "Smoke Out Conversations" on February 20th, and says the tape was inspired by Don Miguel Ruiz's widespread book, "The Four Agreements." "I live the four agreements. The first agreement is be impeccable with your word. People will learn something from this mixtape.
Futuristic
Futuristic
Futuristic is a Hip-Hop artist originally from Illinois but based out of Arizona who uses his humor, intelligence, and real life experiences to make music that's like no one else's. At the age of 21 he has already managed to gain a huge following across the United States and share the stage with some of the games biggest names. His trademark phrase "I had to do it" and his cocky but funny flow makes him distinguished while his depth and story telling makes him relatable to fans. His movement WTF (We're The Future) is bringing people together and giving them a positive message to relay to others, which led to the success of his first major project "Dream Big". Dream Big, released in February of 2012 included the 3 hit singles "Fuck you Mean" "I Got Sauce" and "La La La" who's YouTube views combined for over 400,000 in the first 6 months selling singles and albums in all 50 states. The success of "Dream Big" led Futuristic on a 9 show mini tour through the West coast and Midwest where his impeccable stage presence and extreme charisma excited fans and earned him new ones. His most recent project "Chasing Down A Dream" dropped 2/19/2013 and quickly moved to #28 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and #86 on billboard with the lead single "Don't Mind If I Do" selling thousands of copies & accumulating over a Million views on YouTube.
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