Not so strange: With Tech N9ne, first StrangeFest concert in downtown KC is a success

Tech N9ne’s 80-minute headlining set contained all the elements that allow him to retain his self-proclaimed title as the Kansas City King. The rat-a-tat speed rapper born Aaron Dontez Yates is 47, an advanced age that makes him a Methuselah by rap standards. He maintains his global relevance through his admirable business savvy, audacious work ethic and stupendous talent.

Tech N9ne opened his show with “N9na,” the title track of his 21st studio album. He finessed the show’s charming choreography with the agility of a promising rookie in the Kansas City Chiefs’ spring training camp and nimbly enunciated the tongue-twisting lyrics of the rapid-fire “Stamina” and “Speedom.”

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