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This Friday: Tech N9ne Hostile Takeover Tour

Tech N9ne Hostile Takeover Tour. Friday (June 15), 7pm. Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). $30/$25. 852-3900, townballroom.com

 Aaron Yates, better known by his moniker Tech N9ne, seems like he was born to rap.  His life was certainly rough enough—he grew up in a tough neighborhood, he never met his father, and he lost his best friend to gun violence.  From a young age, Tech N9ne—called so after the rapid-fire TEC-9 handgun, which he feels describes his aggressive, violent, fast-paced style—would use music to cope.  Now 40, Yates is far removed from all that; he’s sold in excess of a million records, his music’s been featured in several television series and video games, and he’s directly collaborated with industry titans like Lil’ Wayne.  His relentless style of hardcore rap, though, has never gone soft or sold out.  You can witness N9ne’s unique brand of violent lyricism on Friday (June 15) at the Town Ballroom.  The show—or perhaps “takeover” is a better word—will also feature the rhythmic and lyrical talents of Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak, Stevie Stone, Kamp Crystal Lake, and Malicious Intent. -edward a. benoit