Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko Don’t Need Bells And Whistles To Annihilate A Set (Video)

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NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” have steadily forced musicians outside of their comfort zones for years. On paper, the series’ latest display, the oft-bigger than life Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko seem like outlandish candidates for the intimate show, but the Strange Music pair proved they don’t get uncomfortable.

Over the simple backdrop of a guitar, bass, and drums, Tech leans on his undeniable stage presence to power through, trading verses with Krizz who also carries the hooks. Tech is known to dominate his shows with seamless choreography and machine gun-style cadence, and although the audience is minute and the room small, he still brought the kind of energy that has rocketed him to unprecedented independent success. They harmonize the verses and playfully banter between tracks showcasing an effortless camaraderie that is equal part charming and contagious.

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Tech and Krizz touch on numerous hits from the past 10 years including “Dysfunctional,” “Aw Yeah (interVENTion),” a tribute to Tech’s mother who passed two years ago, as well as “Fragile.” They close with “Speedom (Worldwide Choppers 2),” sans its noteworthy Eminem feature, but they didn’t forget to give him a shout out.

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The veteran Kansas City, Missouri MC/label exec released Planet in March and will kick off a vigorous tour schedule in October.  The Independent Grind Tour 2018 will also feature Krizz, Dizzy Wright, and Futuristic.