Tech N9ne Talks About His Hostile Takeover Tour and the Status of Hip Hop

By Christina Brown

It wouldn’t be a proper kickoff to the summer without an energizing, lyrical and acrobatic concert. With over 90 performances scheduled in just 99 days, the “Hostile Takeover 2012” tour will allow fans to see Tech N9ne perform his one-of-a-kind stage show. Stopping at The House of Blues in Chicago June 2, the show will include some of Strange Music’s brightest acts, including Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak, Stevie Stone and Machine Gun Kelly (MGK).

 What can people expect from you with this tour?

 The most lyrical, acrobat-like show you have ever seen in your life. It is so hard to do every night because you have to say every word exactly correct. It is so acrobatic and it’s way too stressful, but when it comes out perfect it is the best thing you have ever seen. You can expect raw energy.

How do you feel you’ve contributed to hip-hop?

 I think we, as Strange Music, take chances with new music. That’s why you can hear me on songs with Def Tones in a mix with rock and rap in a way that a lot of people may not have heard. What we contribute is something strange and we are the epitome of strangers. Like Lauryn Hill said, “Music is supposed to inspire,” so we inspire those to do something a lot better than us. Our bar is high. If you listen to “Worldwide Choppers” the bar is all the way up, so for somebody to listen to that and be inspired by that, that’s how we grow this thing called hip-hop.

How do you keep up with the constant changes in the hip-hop game?

I don’t keep up. I do me and I look for lyricists. Real musicians always find each other. I just keep it moving and keep pushing.

What music have you been listening to on the road?

The first Floetry album. I love Marsha Ambrosius. You know, just a lot of stuff I love. I’m still listening to “Take Care” by Drake.

 Do you ever see yourself doing a collaboration with Kanye West?

 I would love to work with Kanye West. I love his beats. I would love to have a beat from Kanye West on my new album for October. I think he is an innovator, and his last album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” taught me that music is a canvas and that you can do anything.

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