Hailing from Kansas City, MO, Tech N9ne, born Aaron Yates, became attracted to hip hop at a young age, finding a taste of success through his first group Black Mafia in the early ’90s. After several years of more collaborative efforts to varying degrees of attention, Tech and his business partner launched their own record label, Strange Music, in 1999, opening the door for a barrage of independent success throughout the ’00s. Known for his “chopper-style” technical flow (his stage name was derived from a “TEC-9” handgun, but he’s since added the “technical” implication to its meaning), often dark lyrical themes, and expansive and genre-bending influences, Tech has become one of underground hip hop’s most prominent and well-respected figures, with a staggering 23 albums (eight a part of his guest-heavy “collabo series”) under his belt in over the past 23 years, his latest being 2021’s Asin9ne.
The architect of his own scene and collective, Tech N9ne shows are especially guest-filled and engaging, and a must-see for any fan of real hip hop. For his latest stop in Nashville, June 5 at Eastside Bowl, Tech is bringing along Joey Cool, X-Raided, and ¡MAYDAY!, all members of the Strange Music roster, and all boasting similar underground sensibilities, subversive styles, and technical prowess as Tech N9ne. You can still get tickets to the show right here, but we’re excited to announce that we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to a couple of lucky winners! Enter below, and scroll for a preview of the lineup.
Tech N9ne, Joey Cool, X-Raided, and ¡MAYDAY! will perform Sunday, June 5 at Eastside Bowl. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are available to purchase for $28-50.