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Tech N9ne's Independent Grind Tour 2014

The Blue Note Presents

Tech N9ne's Independent Grind Tour 2014

Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton, Psych Ward Druggies, OpiUm, NicDanger

Fri, June 27, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.00

Tickets Available at the Door

MINORS: There is a $2 cash surcharge at the door for anyone under 21 years of age.

Tech N9ne
Tech N9ne
Groundbreaking independent rapper Tech N9ne earned Gold certification this week. The Kansas City artist’s single, “Caribou Lou”, has now sold 501,503 copies, according to SoundScan, which tracks the sale of music. Singles and albums are considered Gold once they have sold more than 500,000 units.
Produced by Rune Rask & Troo.L.S., “Caribou Lou” is featured on Everready (The Religion), Tech N9ne’s critically acclaimed 2006 album. “It’s a wonderful accomplishment to have a Gold record,” Tech N9ne says. “My fans are the reason this happened and I can’t thank them enough. To know that they love my music and continue to support what I create is truly a beautiful thing.”
The gold certification is the latest in a long line of recent accomplishments for Tech N9ne. The Strange Music co-owner was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Urban Power Players of 2012, an honor he shares with Cash Money Records, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Magic Johnson, among others.
Tech N9ne also made history this year with the “Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour,” which included 90 shows in 99 days, making it the longest consecutive tour in rap history.
Tech N9ne has also sold nearly 2 million albums independently and was No. 95 on Pollstar’s 2012 Mid-Year ranking of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours in terms of ticket sales. He is one of three rappers on the entire list, behind only Drake and Pitbull.
Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs, is an American rapper from Gary, Indiana. He was signed by Interscope Records before being let go from his deal without a record being released. Subsequent to this, in 2009, he brought out The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs—a compilation of his work to that date, mixing mixtape tracks with unreleased studio material—and midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik—a collection of new music. Both were released for free to the internet. He has just recently teamed up with Cleveland's Chip tha Ripper and Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks of The Cool Kids to form the "super group" P.O.C. (Pulled Over by the Cops). Gibbs was just signed to CTE an Atlanta based label founded by rapper Young Jeezy. As an introductory and celebretory stepping stone into CTE, Gibbs brought out Jeezy during concert at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, which also featured Smoke DZA and Big K.R.I.T. He has a song, "Look Easy," produced by Sidney Miller aka Speakerbomb, that will be featured on 2K Sports "2K12." He lists artist such as Tupac Shakur, The Geto Boys, UGK, Three 6 Mafia, OutKast, Jay-Z and Bun B as his influences.
Krizz Kaliko
Krizz Kaliko
It’s not every day a musical genius is born. On July 14, 2009, KRIZZ KALIKO will release his second solo CD, GENIUS,. Along for KRIZZ KALIKO’s aurally eclectic rollercoaster ride are E-40, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob and, Strange’s flagship artist, Tech N9ne. Powered by a fusion of funk, rap, rock, R&B and opera – a self-made style KRIZZ KALIKO calls “Funkra” – GENIUS covers the entire spectrum of genres, from the slow and seductive “Get Off” with Tech N9ne and the rock-flavored “The Chemical” to the street anthem “Back Pack” and the album’s crossover single, “Misunderstood.”
Jarren Benton
Jarren Benton
For an artist with serious mainstream aspirations, Decatur, Georgia's Jarren Benton has spent his career going against the grain. One of Funk Volume's premiere acts, Jarren admits, "I love the music I do now. I do it in the safe-mode." That's rather shocking for an artist whose last album, Freebasing With Kevin Bacon lived up to its name, at least in attitude and style, evident on single "Skitzo." He continues, "I want to take it a lil' further. I just haven't had the balls to go all the way there yet, 'cause I presently want to keep a foot in the mainstream too."

However, courage is not something Benton's music or live show is lacking. Studied in the anything-goes showmanship of Prince, Marilyn Manson and Method Man, Jarren shares, "The essence of giving of a good show is not givin' a fuck," he says, while pointing to stage-diving, beer-chugging and more depending on the night's particular vibe. This type of authenticity, balanced with intricate, golden ear-informed lyricism has attracted attention from Erick Sermon (EPMD, Redman) to No I.D. (Common, Kanye West) in courting Jarren to potential major label deals. However for the father and family provider, only indie juggernaut Funk Volume really voiced his biggest concerns. "All I was asking for was progress. I just wanted to know that what I was doing was the right move – especially chasing a dream with a family." Funk Volume offered what Def Jam and the others weren't – and in recent years, Jarren has been able to support his family and his dreams simultaneously.

In addition to Funk Volume, which Jarren refers to as "family," the rapper maintains strong ties in the Atlanta community, such as Rittz, Playboy Tre, Spitzwell and his SMKA affiliates. "It's the best of both worlds," says Jarren, of playing a significant role in a respected collective of talent, as well as being an artist in one of the most powerful new labels in Hip Hop. "We all still came from that era about lyricism, even if you were making Southern music."

After two successful digital releases and a video fast-approaching one million YouTube plays, Jarren is hard at work on what will inevitably be his biggest album to date. Following the star-filled supporting cast of Freebasing With Kevin Bacon and Huffin' Glue With Hasselhoff, the comedic emcee promises to break from the series with a purpose in mind. "This one has a different vibe. It's a lot more personal stuff so people can learn who Jarren is," he says, also suggesting more refined production that translates more to his ambitions of being a household name. In the same vein, that courage Jarren felt was missing is brewing on his upcoming work. The vet points to "Heart Attack" and "Smells Like Murder" with R.A. The Rugged Man as some of the most conceptual, dazzling work he's recorded to date.
"From my ranges of influence, I think a lot fans appreciate my personalities, but they don't really get into the music… yet," admits Benton of his available catalog. The stakes are high and the time is right for the man who has pursued a dream for a decade. "I love this. I'm not driven by money, but I'm conscious of making music that can be universally appreciated." It is coming to life for an artist closely connected with the tenants of Hip Hop: style, skill and absolutely not givin' a fuck.
Psych Ward Druggies
Psych Ward Druggies
Psychward Druggies are a group of 8 patients put in the psychward by Dr Csalohcin. Each patient has their own unique style that they being to PWD!
OpiUm
OpiUm
OPIUM is a rap artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Included with this short biography are photos(including live), logos, music, show flyers, and other stuff. Tyler Groves (OPIUM) was born January 29, 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri. There growing up got into music early on in life. He started writing songs at age 10 circa ’98 and playing bass guitar shortly after. In 2004 he played in a band Called SkinFlint for a short time. In 2005 he started a band with his buddies Anthony, Cody, & Matt. Tyler played bass guitar wrote songs and rhymes as a back up singer/vocalist until they disbanded 2 years later. In 2007 after the band broke up he made a transition into hip hop putting his own little spin on it then started making rap songs. In 2008 he moved from Kansas City, MO to Phoenix, AZ and attended Conservatory Of Recording Arts & Sciences for recording and audio production. In 2009 he dropped the ‘Fabricated Violence’ album demo. In 2010 OPIUM signed with Chalkline Musick LLC and re-released Fabricated Violence including extra tracks in June. Shortly after that he released a new album “Ballads With Junkeez” in October. He's been recording artists and has done numerous shows across Arizona since 2009 including opening for Mars, Kung-Fu Vampire, Blaze Ya Dead Homie and ABK in spring of 2010 as well as the opening spot on the Strange Days Tour 2010 and Hopsin in 2011. In December 2010 OPIUM was invited to and performed at a Hip Hop Showcase for premier A&R Consultant Anthony “Scoe” Walker and Vice President of Def Jam in Denver, CO. In late 2011 OpiUm released his third studio album entitled "Murderous" and has since opened for Haystak, ABK, Brotha Lynch Hung, Boondox, Potluck, Ces Cru and more.
NicDanger
NicDanger
NicDanger - Hip-Hop & Rap Artist. Founder of Disturbed Ent. and associate of DemiGod. Check me out at NicDanger-Music.com and MixtapeMonkey.com.
Venue Information:
The Blue Note (MO)
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845
http://www.thebluenote.com/