It’s all about the love
One month ago, Tech N9ne was preparing for his sixth appearance at The Gathering of the Juggalos — a five-day music festival in Illinois put on by Psychopathic Records, the label founded by the Insane Clown Posse.
Tomorrow (Sept. 5), the Kansas City-based rapper will take to the stage at Cactus Jack’s Night Club for his first appearance in Kamloops since March 2010.
Speaking to KTW from his studio in Kansas City, Tech said he’s looking forward to returning to Canada.
“There’s a lot of love, a lot of beautiful women, everybody is very nice to me,” he said.
“But, that’s everywhere I go.”
That includes the Gathering — where, after headliners ICP, Tecca Nina is viewed by many as the must-see act.
“Anything goes,” he said, describing the festival that just wrapped up its 13th year.
“The cops can’t come on the property because it’s private property.
“Girls are running around naked and having sex in the field. It’s just a lot of love.”
Love, yes, but don’t step out of line, Tech said.
“I saw security give one of the Juggalos a saw just to saw a car,” he said.
“One of the Juggalos jacked another Juggalo.
“Crazy things go on at the Gathering of the Juggalos, but it’s all about love.
“If you do something to penetrate that love, it’s not gonna be good for you.”
(Juggalos, if you’re not familiar, are fans of ICP. Sometimes, they like to wear facepaint.)
Tech said the Gathering is something every hip-hop head should see at least once.
“Everybody should go, man,” he said.
“You gotta see it. It’s just a sea of people — just a lot of people and breasts everywhere, out of the bras.”
For his show at this year’s Gathering, Tech said he had to shake off a bit of stage rust after spending so much time in the studio, working on E.B.A.H., an EP slated to drop Sept. 18.
“I was nervous about doing the show because I hadn’t really practised,” he said.
“I think I stumbled once. Everything is so intricate.”
But, the Juggalos showed their love for Tech — something he attributes to his stylistic similarities to ICP.
“It’s because of my darkness, that’s what I think,” he said.
“Their fans like wicked shit and I tell my life how it is.
“And, we have the facepaint in common.”
Tech said fans should expect more of that wicked darkness in Ebah.
“My last EP was called Klusterfuk, and it’s even more Klusterfuk-ish,” he said.
“It’s love, evil, sexual, angry.”
Almost 15 years since releasing his first album, Tech said he’s happy to see his fanbase continuing to expand.
“It’s growing rapidly,” he said.
“Real shit always shines. But, to still be gathering fans? It’s a blessing.”
And, as for his show at CJ’s tomorrow night, prepare for a little taste of the Gathering.
“It’s loud, it’s ambidextrous, it’s up and down, left and right,” Tech said.
“It’s red, black and white — those are my colours and that’s what it is. There’s natives, black people and white people.”
Also performing will be Mad Child and Krizz Kaliko.
Tickets are $30 in advance at Mountain High Pizza, 314 Victoria St., or $35 at the door.