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Rapper Tech N9ne works hard for a lot of play

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Tech N9ne had an ambitious idea for this year's Hostile Takeover show -- 90 shows in 99 days.

And somehow it became 96 shows in 105 days.

"We did something like 82 in 90 days before, so I thought if I could do that, why not 90? And then it turned into 96," the Kansas City rapper (real name Aaron Yates) says with a laugh. "I do remember that the last part of the 82 I was disoriented onstage and couldn't remember the words or anything, so I'm wondering when that's going to happen this time."

Tech N9ne, who released a new EP in March and is planning to work on a new album after the tour for a fall release, says the hardest part of his job is that his fans, known as the Technicians, know every word of his songs, even his trademark hyper-speed rhymes. That doesn't leave much room for error or even improvisation.

"All the Technicians know all the lyrics, so you can't mess up," Tech N9ne, 40, explains. "If you fumble one word, that's gonna mess up the whole thing and I'll hear about it. There's no way you can freestyle 'cause the fans know all the music.

"So that's the headache we have. I've got to be perfect. By the grace of God I've been able to do it, but it definitely keeps you on your toes."

Tech N9ne, Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday!, Prozak and Stevie Stone perform Thursday, June 7, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$35. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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