Tech N9ne live at The Commodore Ballroom [Review]
Vancouver, BC – Tech N9ne’s Something Else tour hit Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom August 28th, 2013. Everyone was buying Tech N9ne T-shirts like they came to the show topless. Even before the opening acts there was a buzz in the atmosphere and a large crowd gathering in front of the stage. Girls were dancing to the playlist and double fisting drinks while they reserved their spots.
The opening acts commenced at precisely 9:30pm. Sikcyde from Montreal are worth mentioning. They had the most dynamic set which featured various members of their crew coming on and off stage doing tag-team verses and songs. Upon completing their set they introduced Hurricane who opened with a crazy fast acapella. Hurricane followed this up with another Usain Bolt verse over a based drenched beat. Sikcyde returned to the stage with additional members of their crew. This final performance was sloppy and suffered from missed adlibs by several emcees and an overall failure to connect with the crowd. Other openers include Driveby and Mr Liqz.
Once the openers had concluded there was a 20 minute intermission. We were treated to some more Hip-Hop classics and the DJ’s music got progressively louder. The little invisible hairs on my forehead that I didn’t even know existed were vibrating with the bass.
The atmosphere changed all at once as the music stopped completely and all the lights were dimmed. The crowd went bananas. The stage was dark and ominous tones were humming out of the speakers. Suddenly shadows emerged on stage and Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko graced The Commodore stage. Tech was sporting his trademark face paint and both artists were dressed in all red with black sneakers. They did the intro together and the energy on stage could have sent a rocket to Mars. “EBAH” was a fan favourite from the first onslaught of tracks but when “He’s A Mental Giant” came on, Tech fans began to worship while newcomers were converted. This was the clear highlight of the set thus far.
Tech took a moment to address all the weed smoke in the building and admitted he was officially high from the second hand. His crowd interaction was first class and it lead everyone to chant “BC BUD!, BC BUD!” Tech immediately began to beatbox in unison with the chanting crowd, demonstrating his talent to improvise on the spot.
After another smash hit in “Cariboo Lou”, the “ladies” came out. Girls were encouraged to hop on the shoulders of their friends and show their breasts. There were some who participated and one girl with an especially big set was even invited on stage. Tech got her to dance and while she was entertaining, he took off one of his own shirts to reveal a VanCity T he had been wearing underneath. The crowd was all about this and applauded at the sight. More eight foot tall topless girls continued to advance towards the stage this time throwing their bras at Tech. When he managed to catch two in one hand he decided it was a victory and progressed with the music.
Tech N9ne was very enthusiastic throughout the night – even jumping off stage to touch the hands of fans and hype the crowd. People at the bar were literally dropping their drinks onto the floor and sprinting to the stage to try and catch a drop of his sweat. Tech and Kaliko ended the night with “Stamina”, followed by loud explosion sounds and tons of great sound FX. Tech was very gracious and grateful to the fans, thanking them multiple times and giving them credit for the success of his career.
Review by Max Dishaw for HipHopCanada
Photography by Richard Lecoin for HipHopCanada