Phenomenon Concerts Presents
Tech N9ne - The Calm Before The Storm Tour 2016
Krizz Kaliko, JL, Starrz
104 N. State Street
Belvidere, IL, 61008
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Tech N9ne has set July 30 as the release date for his blockbuster Something Else album. The high-powered collection is broken up into "Fire," "Water" and "Earth" sections and features legendary guests from different genres and different eras, including music icons The Doors, rap superstars Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa, rock maverick Serj Tankian and singer-rapper Cee Lo, among others.
Tech N9ne collaborated with the remaining members of The Doors on "Strange 2013," a reworking of The Door's "Strange Days" that was one of the last recordings The Doors' founding member, Ray Manzarek, made before he passed away in May. In a June 24 RollingStone.com feature, Tech N9ne says that The Doors' music saved his life and that The Doors' songs "People Are Strange" and "Strange Days" are the reasons why he named his record company Strange Music. "If I didn't listen to their music and their fusion of sounds, I probably would've never called [my label] Strange Music," Tech said to Rolling Stone. "I have Jim Morrison to thank for that." http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/tech-n9ne-aligns-with-the-doors-for-strange-2013-20130624
The rest of Something Else is equally remarkable. "That's My Kid" featuring Cee Lo, Big K.R.I.T. and Kutt Calhoun has Tech N9ne explaining how he gave up his life in the streets in order to be a better father. Elsewhere, Tech N9ne teams with Kendrick Lamar, Mayday and Kendall Morgan for "Fragile." On this spirited selection, Tech N9ne delivers a dazzling, tongue-twisting rap blasting all of his critics, while Kendrick Lamar details how he pours his heart and soul into his lyrics.
Today, Tech N9ne releases the Drumma Boy-produced single "See Me," which features Wiz Khalifa and B.o.B. Tech N9ne sings and raps on the cut about how he gets overlooked by many despite his remarkable accolades – selling more than 2 million units independently, headlining the longest tour in rap history and owning hip-hop's most powerful, truly independent record company, among them. (link to song and download below)
Something Else will be available for pre-order on iTunes July 2. Fans who purchase a copy of the album in advance will instantly receive the song "So Dope (They Wanna)." The lyrically intense tune is in the vein of Tech N9ne's revered "Choppers" series of songs that pair him with fellow top-tier rappers who deliver dizzying flows with remarkable clarity.
Tech N9ne will also be the lead music feature in this week's print edition of Billboard Magazine, on-stands June 28.
It's not every day a musical genius is born. With the release of his third solo CD, SHOCK TREATMENT, KRIZZ KALIKO convincingly claims that title. After working with Tech N9ne and Strange Music for 10 years, performing over 200 shows a year, KRIZZ KALIKO has earned a spot among Hip Hop's elite. His solo debut, 2008's Vitiligo, landed at No. 19 on the Billboard charts and he has been instrumental in Tech N9ne's incredible success: In 2008, Tech N9ne SoundScanned over one million units, making him the most successful independent Hip Hop artist in history.
KRIZZ KALIKO is the sonic "glue" of Strange Music. "I'm Tech's right hand man in writing," he says. "It's a weird, beautiful chemistry. Tech and Travis [O'Guin] handle the business, and Tech and I are the creative force at Strange Music. The yin and the yang. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Tech and I have the same philosophy about the quality of music. We've been working together so long I know where he wants to go."
Born in Kansas City, MO., KRIZZ KALIKO was raised by a mom who spoon-fed him music. As an opera and gospel singer, as well as being the choir director of their church, his mother sang to him and, fortunately, made him sing with his sisters. He performed in the choir all throughout his early teens and his mom often treated the family to live concerts from artists like the Gap Band and Run-DMC. By the time KRIZZ KALIKO met Tech N9ne, he was already trying to figure out how to fuse opera and Hip Hop.
Take one good look at StarrZ and you'll be intrigued by his young infectious personality, intriguing passion and career driven spirit. Press play on one of his records and you can't help but love his brazen confidence, clever wordplay and gritty approach dubbed "the swag entendre." His multi-faceted approach to his music has quickly made StarrZ an undeniable fresh face in the front lines of a new generation of Hip-Hop music leaders in his city.
Born and raised in East Baltimore, Colby Hall aka "StarrZ" was no stranger to the hard life while growing up on the streets of one of America's most crime-ridden cities. As a youngster, the budding artist listened to music his mother played around the house – classic soul and R&B. But it was Lauryn Hill's lyrical performance on the Fugees album "The Score," that inspired him to start rapping. At age 16, he took his talents serious and connected with DJ Tigga and one of Baltimore's most popular DJ's, K-Swift, and began performing his raps over club music. A couple years later, he cultivated his sound and took a more serious approach in his lyrics, inspired by the likes of Jay Z, Eminem and Kanye West. He went on to drop two mixtapes in 2007 and 2009 titled "Real Rap I" and Real Rap II," that showcased his talent but didn't receive as much attention as he had hoped.
A year later, the 22-year-old revamped his style and changed his tone to a more flashy, commercial and fun vibe on the project "Flyy Times of Skyy Jones." The switch-up proved to be a good look as his music generated a growing buzz in his hometown. He followed up with the hit mixtape "Skyy Jones 2" and watched his popularity continue to increase, fueled by his boyish-good looks and charming personality. In 2011, he received the "Best New Artist" award at the Baltimore Music Awards and became a household name in his beloved city.
StarrZ, with his skater-meets-hood style and "urban pop" sound, appealed to a vast audience, and his 2012 project bodly titled "Best Mixtape Ever," proved he was a leader in the new school of rap artists bringing cool to Hip-Hop. With over 7,000 downloads and the hit singles "No Panties" featuring Money and "American Nighmare" featuring Paula Campbell and Paige, this was his most successful project by far. Now with a solid buzz and an increasing fan base, StarrZ' talents attracted the attention of Kansas City Chiefs NFL player and music executive Tamba Hali. The CEO of Relumae Records met with the young artist and wasted no time in signing him in the summer of 2013.
Never one to leave his fans waiting for too long, StarrZ jumped back into the studio to work on his next mixtape "Live Forever, Die Dope," slated to drop on Dec. 9th. The much-anticipated project meshes the Baltimore native's catchy lyrics and gritty tone with fire beats produced by Streets Scott, Ghost, Jay Reddy, 4 Point 0, and Calvo Da Gr8. The conceptual project, lead by the gritty single "Dope Trilla" and party anthem "Dance All Night," sonically tells his complicated story of growing up in Baltimore and becoming a music legend. "This mixtape is serious. It's how I grew up. Yeah I was a pretty boy, but I had to handle my ground. It's fun, gangsta and serious all at the same time," explains StarrZ. The 25-year-old also unleashed his love and appreciation for art with a colorful painting as the mixtape cover. He recently joined the artistic club " Art Cxlt" made up of genius photographers, painters, tattoo artists and videographers – all with a genuine passion for making beautiful art.
With talent beyond his years, a strong fan base that continues to grow every day, and his whole city behind him, StarrZ will undoubtedly take the nation by storm with his ingenious music. He effortlessly weaves his sound between Hip-Hop, rock, and pop – catering to music lovers across the globe. You've been introduced — now prepare to watch this young legend dominate the industry.