Concert review: Tech N9ne and Slaughterhouse at State Theatre (with pics)

Reinforcing the fact that Slaughterhouse is an alliance as Royce proclaims in Sound Off, each member took to the stage one at a time with a shirtless Joe Budden appearing last. Each displayed mastery of too often forgotten talents like mic and crowd control while managing to simultaneously show their individuality, cohesiveness, and camaraderie. At one point Budden teased Ortiz about his “stroke game,” giving the crowd a glimpse of how hilarious their tour bus shenanigans must be. If you skipped this show, you missed a special moment. Who knew Monday's could be this hype?


Slaughterhouse Photo Gallery


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Tech N9ne Photo Gallery


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Tech N9ne’s K.O.D. tour rolled through State Theatre this past Monday night, turning St. Petersburg’s reputation as a sleepy little city on its ear both figuratively and literally. The undercard lineup included Tech’s Strange Music label mates Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, and Big Scoob as well as Glasses Malone. BC performed joints from his new album, “Time Pieces” to open the show. And while Tech certainly lived up to the expectations of his, at times, overly enthusiastic juggalo followers, the highlight of the night for me was definitely Slaughterhouse.[All photos by Tracy May.]

Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce Da 5’9”, all heavyweights in their own rights, joined forces to create a lyrical Slaughterhouse. The result was a self-titled album that they say is the top-selling independent hip hop album of the year. I say it is one of the best hip hop albums I’ve had the pleasure of purchasing in a long time. Their live show was every bit as impressive. [More + photo galleries of Slaughterhouse and Tech N9ne after the jump.]

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