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By Beware / 09.20.11

If you want to know why Tech N9ne is the best-selling independent rap artist in Hip-Hop, here’s part of the answer: the guy does not release mixtapes. Instead, he opts for full-blown releases with worldwide distribution, no matter the circumstance. Then, when a project like his freshly-announced Welcome To Strangeland compilation drops on November 8, his Strange Music imprint makes sure to charge Technicians the highest retail price possible, which is typically $18.98. On top of that, every release gets supported by what’s usually a nationwide, 40-city promotional tour. And, based on an interview I heard with Tech on Shade 45 two weeks ago, his average show profits can range anywhere from $20K-$40K.

So, basically, while your average MC gets the Interwebs all riled up over a free mixtape, Tech is out selling his tapes for damn-near $20 bucks a pop (he sold 50K copies of his last collabo album, Gate’s Mixed Plate) and is making around $30K per show. To recap, while your average rapper earns strictly hype for their pre-album affairs, Neezle is banking around $2.2 Million ($20 per CD x 50K + $30K x 40 shows). Exclamation point, assumed.

Considering Tech has the resources to do these things, there’s really no angle of “he does things the right way, while everyone else does them wrong.” It’s more-so just, “damn, look at what hard work and persistence did for this sumbitch.”

If you feel so inclined to help out the Yates family college fund and see a dope show while you’re at it, the tour dates for Tech’s Lost Cities tour are below.

09.29 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada
09.30 – Slater, MO – Slater Football Stadium
10.01 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10.02 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Dallas
10.04 – Houston, TX – House of Blues – Houston
10.06 – San Antonio, TX – Back Stage Live
10.07 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
10.09 – Farmington, NM – The Top Deck
10.10 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10.11 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater
10.12 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
10.13 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues – San Diego
10.14 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy
10.16 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove Of Anaheim
10.18 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Downtown Brewing Company (SLO Brew)
10.20 – Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theatre
10.22 – Bakersfield, CA – The Bakersfield Dome
10.23 – Santa Clara, CA – The Avalon
10.24 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
10.25 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10.26 – Chico, CA – The Senator Theater
10.27 – Medford, OR – Medford Armory
10.28 – Eugene, OR – The Hult Center for the Performing Arts
10.29 – Bend, OR – Midtown Music Hall
10.30 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11.01 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center
11.02 – Wenatchee, WA – Town Toyota Center
11.03 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory – Spokane
11.04 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox SoDo
11.05 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
11.06 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory – Boise
11.09 – Magna, UT – Saltair
11.10 – Casper, WY – The Venue
11.11 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall (16+)
11.12 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium (16+)
11.13 – Rapid City, SD – Dublin (18+)
11.15 – Fargo, ND – The Venue
11.16 – Bemidji, MN – Sanford Center Ballroom
11.17 – Minneapolis, MN – Epic Event Center
11.18 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
11.19 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland Theatre

Previously: “Strangeland”: A Day In The Life With Tech N9ne


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