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Tech N9ne - Marquee Theatre, Tempe - Wednesday, September 18


As far as American cities go, Kansas City isn't at the top of the list when it comes to violence, tunes, and scandal. But that wasn't always the case, with the city's music and organized crime worlds inextricably intertwined.

Kansas City was a hotbed of jazz in the '40s, acting as a petri dish for the music's evolution from big band swing to bebop. A civic effort in the '70s to revive the jazz scene, however, ended up with a mafia war, nightclub explosions, and corruption involving Las Vegas casino development. So it's not too weird to have a local rapper name himself after a sub-machine gun. That'd be Tech N9ne, a K.C. icon whose lyrical flow is just as rat-a-tat as his namesake. -- Chris Hassiotis


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