Krizz Kaliko – Kickin’ & Screamin’

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The most persuasive moments of Kaliko’s 17-track effort stick to a rugged and uncompromising formula. Strange Music is an army. With Tech N9ne posted up as its general, the Kansas City cabal has successfully entrenched its roots across the underground strata of the Rap map. Independent, self-sufficient, and known for releasing music hooked around high-octane raps, the Strange Music message has spread globally. Now it’s the turn of the movement’s second-in-command, Krizz Kaliko, to build on Tech’s Klusterfuck EP from earlier this year. Although for all of Kickin’ & Screamin’s virtues it too often flirts with diluting the Strange Music battle cry.

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Tech N9ne Gears Up For Record-Shattering “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour (VIDEO)

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Date: Friday, January 20, 2012



The No. 1 Independent Rapper In The World Announces Tour With Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Krizz Kaliko And Others Scheduled For 90 Shows In 99 Days, Making It The Longest Rap Tour Of All Time.

Independent rap superstar Tech N9ne is scheduled to make history and shatter records in 2012. The Strange Music maven is slated to headline the “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour, which will launch in March and includes 90 shows in 99 days, making it the longest tour in rap history. It will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Denver and Seattle, among other cities.

“I started planting the seeds for this music thing to expand more than 10 years ago and to see it be recognized globally like this is a beautiful thing,” says Tech N9ne, who will be joined on “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour by Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak and Stevie Stone. “We started Strange Music so we could make the music we wanted to make and tour like we wanted to tour. Now, to be able to make history like this is a wonderful accomplishment.” The Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour will be the only domestic tour of 2012 where fans can see Tech N9ne perform.

During the last decade, Tech N9ne has built a rock-solid fanbase by touring relentlessly. By the mid-2000s, Tech N9ne was performing in excess of 200 shows a year. His professional performances and polished routines have earned the endorsement of such platinum superstar rappers as Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Wayne, E-40 and Twista, among many others.

“A decade ago, we encountered so many obstacles when we first began touring,” says Travis O’Guin, Strange Music’s CEO and Tech’s business partner in the label. “Now we’re getting ready to set a new benchmark for rap music. It’s been a remarkable and rewarding journey.”

Tech N9ne is coming off of an incredible year. In 2011 the rapper released his album All 6’s & 7’s to much acclaim, debuting as Billboard’s No. 1 Indie, No. 1 Rap, No. 1 Hip-Hop and R&B and No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, overall. Tech was also featured on Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter IV last summer, which sold nearly 1 million units in its first week of release.

Tech N9ne Bringing Lil Wayne, B.o.B Into His World

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Among his underground following, Tech N9ne can do no wrong. But his fans, appropriately dubbed the Technicians, did get a little uppity when news broke that the Kansas City, Missouri, rap veteran would be collaborating with the likes of Lil Wayne on Tech’s recently released All 6′s and 7′s.

“No, I was not afraid of the backlash because I was getting it when Wayne said he wanted to work with me to [Hot 97 DJ] Funkmaster Flex when he was in Rikers,” Tech N9ne told MTV News during an intimate sit-down at his Strange Music headquarters in Lee Summit, Missouri. “All of my fans, a lot of my fans were like, ‘Oh no, don’t f— with Wayne. No, no, no, he’s mainstream and you’re underground — it don’t mix.’ ”

In October 2010, while still serving his eight-month prison bid for gun possession, Weezy revealed to Flex that he would like to work with Tech. For Tecca Nina, Wayne’s name-drop was an introduction point for new and curious fans, but for his long time die-hards, there was some skepticism.

“Different artists are supposed to hook up and make something beautiful, that’s what makes music wonderful, I think,” Tech said, defending against criticism that he was selling out. “I already knew what I was gonna do. When I get with these [well-known collaborators], the beats gotta say their names.”

The resulting collabo is “F— Food,” a raunchy track that not only features Weezy, but T-Pain on the hook as well. The song’s lyrical depiction of explicit sex acts will make it a hard sell for radio, but then again according to Tech, airplay was never the point of the union. “Everybody else is just going to try to put it on radio and big hit, boom and get their money off these cats. Nah, I just want to do beautiful music,” he said.


The Young Money CEO isn’t the only popular rapper to appear on All 6′s and 7′s, Atlanta’s B.o.B also lends his production and lyrics to the project on “Am I a Psycho?.” The dreary track is a far cry from Bob’s 2010 radio hits “Nuthin’ On You” and “Airplanes.” Tech remembers the feeling he got when he first heard the beat and often reminds fans of B.o.B’s oft-overlooked lyrical prowess.

“I chose it like, ‘Whoa,’ he did the beat and he did the chorus and I said, ‘That’s my world right there,’ and he wrote a verse for it. He’s a lyricist,” he said before citing Bob’s very first single, 2007′s “Haterz Everywhere,” as further proof. “That was thugged-out; that was gutter. I ain’t forgot B.o.B; he supposed to expand. But I know he can go, so we did ‘Am I a Pyscho?’ with Hopsin.”

Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar and Stephen Carpenter of the Deftones also appearances on All 6′s and 7′s, but Tech N9ne puts any notions that he’s going mainstream to rest. “I brought people into my world,” he said.

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Twista Hits #1, Comments On Independence

Posted: Wednesday – July 22, 2009

Twista’s foray into independence has proven to be successful, as his sixth studio album Category F5 has landed at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart and #8 on the Top 200 Albums Chart.

Category F5 was the first release in a new partnership between Twista’s Get Money Gang Entertainment (GMG) and EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution. ‘

EMI provides the promotion, press, online marketing, tour services and other duties for Twista’s GMG imprint, which is run and co-owned by Twista’s manager Rawle Stewart and Henley Halem.

“It really says something when you sell more independently than you do on a major label,” Twista told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “I really have the fans, EMI and radio to thank for this great accomplishment in my career. Times are changing and I’m glad I chose to partner with EMI to help form a new business model that benefits all parties involved especially the artist.”

Twista’s album continues EMI’s hot streak with the Hip-Hop genre, as it’s the label’s fourth #1 debut Hip-Hop/R&B album in a row this year.

EMI Label Services notched #1 album’s with Trina’s Still Da Baddest, Ice Cube’s Raw Footage, Bobby V.’s The Rebirth and now Twista’s Category F5.

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