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#DXCLUSIVE: Tech N9ne Torches The Wake Up Show With '80s Hip Hop Challenge

Los Angeles, CA –  Tech N9ne’s b-boy prowess was unearthed during a recent trip to Shade45’s world-famous The Wake Up Show with King Tech.

The Strange Music Tech, whose upcoming album Planet is set to orbit around March 2, gave his fully edited “Don’t Nobody Want None” video a serious run for its money with an in-studio performance that had Wake Up Show Tech breaking out the strobe lights.

“The Wake Up Show has been going strong on XM Shade45 for over five years every Monday night and Thursday morning, but recently they opened their doors on the West Coast for DJ Revolution and myself to start recording live with artists in the studio again,” King Tech tells HipHopDX, while noting Ron Mills was extremely instrumental in making it happen.

“He kept telling me, ‘Tech, if you build it they will come’ and then he got the turntables and gave us a place to record — rest will be history,” King Tech continued. “So two weeks ago, we did just that, I took all the electro-hop ’80s classics and remixed the Tech N9ne record, never played it for him and made him do it live on the air. We even had everyone wear goggles and start popping and strutting in the room. Even the camera guy and board app had to pull some moves out!”

An excited Tech N9ne tells DX that even as the artist, he was taken aback by the creativity that was being brought to the table.

“The first time King Tech played the remix, I flipped out cause it contained all my favorite b-boy hits from back in the day. I had no idea what he had brewing but the outcome was mind-blowing!”

Since 1991, The Wake Up Show, founded by Sway Calloway and King Tech, has been putting on for established and eventual Hip Hop legends alike such as Eminem, RZA, KRS-One, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Common and more. Tech N9ne actually made his debut appearance sometime in 1998.

King Tech hopes that more “electro-hop” begins to fer fans some variation in the near future.

“This was a big shoutout from me to all the legendary ’80s electro-hop artists & DJs who never seem to get mentioned anymore,” he exclaimed. “If you look at the electro-hop Wikipedia page, there’s nothing really there! Like, what the hell is going on? It’s really sad if people don’t know how important groups like Planet Patrol, Newcleus, Man Parrish, Kraftwerk, Jonzun Crew, Hashim and many more who were big to the culture Hip Hop and helping it make a distinct/unique sound that only belonged to us, or so we thought.

“Once again Tech N9ne is ahead the pack when it comes to being creative as an artist! That guy can flow over damn nearly anything!”