A massive line was outside the Showbox SoDo this past Saturday night waiting to get inside for the Tech N9ne show. This tour also featured Ces Cru, Stevie Stone, and Brotha Lynch Hung along with opening support from Seattle locals Knothead and Swisher Sleep.
First up for the night was local opener Knothead. The Washington rapper knew how to pump up the crowd. His three song set showcased a lot of skills. Knothead is definitely a guy to check out if he plays a show close to you. His skill and energetic live show is not one to miss.
Second act for the night was Seattle’s own Swisher Sleep. The 10 minute set was packed with hard hitting bass and quick lyrics. The set got the crowd even more hyped up. One of the highlights of the set was when Tech N9ne came out and surprised Swisher Sleep during one of his songs. The crowd reacted extremely well to the local rapper. If you get a chance to see him live I highly recommend going.
Next up was Ces Cru. The rap duo came out to a very rowdy crowd. The rappers got the crowd going quick. With the audience shouting word for word, the duo’s 20 minute set crushed. At one point in the set the rappers started singing part of Public Enemy’s hit song “Fight The Power”. Ces Cru is a must see for rap fans. They set showcased strong lyrics and very technical speed. If you see that they are coming to a city near you, make sure to be there.
Fourth act of the night was Stevie Stone. The Missouri rapper came out wearing a Seattle Sonics Gary Payton shirt. This got the crowd very excited. The 20 minute set was packed full of fun and quick lyrics and dancing. The audience sang along to every song the rapper performed. With each song the crowd got more and more energetic. The audience grew extremely loud as Stevie started talking about how Seattle needs to bring the Sonics back to the city. Stevie Stone puts on quite a show that you will not want to miss.
Up next was veteran rapper Brotha Lynch Hung. The California native pulled an April fools joke on the crowd by having someone come out and say he wasn’t ready yet. Right after that person left the stage the lights went out and out came Brotha Lynch Hung. The half hour set made the crowed even more crazed. When fan favorite “D.O.A.” came on the audience screamed along to every word. Brotha Lynch Hung puts on a show no one will want to miss. He knows how to work up a crowd and keep the energy high. If he is playing a show in your area I suggest going. You will not be disappointed by the performance.
Finally, the moment the crowd had been waiting for, Tech N9ne. The stage was set up with 5 LED screens, with one in the middle that showed his logo until the lights went out. The LED screens came on and a message came over the speakers saying, “When the clock hits zero, the show will begin”. A timer came up on the screen as it counted down for 4 minutes. When it got to the final 10 seconds the crowd counted along until it hit zero and then a loud roar filled the Showbox as Tech N9ne took the stage. Tech N9ne went straight into his set with his song “Stamina”. The song showed how fast he could rap and hold down bars for. The audience started jumping and waving their arms up and down as he performed fan favorite “Einstein”. During the second verse of the song he combined “Einstein” with his song “KCMO Anthem“. The hour and 45 minute set came to a close with “I’m A Playa“. Tech N9ne puts on a one of a kind show. The amount of skill he shows is unmatched in any performance. If you haven’t gone to see him on any of his tours make it a priority to go next time he comes your way. The show will be one you will not ever forget.
Review and photos by Patrick Burt