Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tech N9ne to perform at KU’s Late Night in the Phog

Tech N9ne.

Tech N9ne.


After teasing the announcement of a performance by "a popular band" at Late Night in the Phog on a radio show Wednesday afternoon, Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's secret was revealed Thursday morning.

KU officials confirmed that Kansas City-based rapper Tech N9ne will be performing at the 32nd annual Late Night in the Phog event, slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

No details about the exact time that Tech N9ne would perform were given, but it's clear that both KU and Tech N9ne are jacked about the upcoming show.

"Yo, what's sizzlin," Tech N9ne began in a Twitter video announcing the performance. "On October 1st I'm coming to make the Jayhawks go crazy and KU go crazy, man, at Allen Fieldhouse. I'm coming down there to do it big for the KU students. So come and kick it with us. We're gonna do it real big."

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This will not be the first time that live music has been a part of Late Night, but it has become more and more rare over the years. Tech N9ne's addition to the Late Night lineup that will feature skits, dances from the men's and women's team and Rock Chalk Dancers and, of course, team scrimmages, makes this one of the most anticipated Late Night's in several years.

In addition to giving KU fans an up-close look at newcomers like Josh Jackson and Udoka Azubuike, this year's event also will be attended by more than a dozen recruits from the 2017, 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes, including five of the Top 36 players in the rankings in the 2017 class.

Doors will open to KU students at 5 p.m. and to the general public at 5:30 p.m.


Joe Ross 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't know Tech N9ne and I don't like rap music. But my wife's cousin Craig Davis was his bodyguard and performed security at concert events. He was more than just an employee, however; the two were really good friends. Tragically, Craig committed suicide last December. T9 was extremely generous to the family and most of his entourage attended the funeral. Im looking forward to actually seeing him perform. Everything I've heard about him is that he's a very good guy. Incidentally, it would be a boon for recruiting if big-name performers came to Kansas Late Nites. It would go a long way to molding an impression of Kansas as something other than tornadoes and tumbleweeds in recruits' minds.

Michael Lorraine 3 years, 9 months ago

Only 36, very sad and very tragic. I'm afraid to ask, but did he have a wife and kids?

Joe Ross 3 years, 9 months ago

A young wife and two girls in elementary school.

Son Mac 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm a little old for the "Rap" myself. However, I think this is pretty cool for the kids, which it's for, and have no problem showing the love for another fan of the Jayhawks, which he is. Good job KU.

Eliott Reeder 3 years, 9 months ago

That's pretty cool. I don't personally listen to Tech's music, but I have a great deal of respect for him. Highest paid independent rap artist of all time, I believe.

Clara Westphal 3 years, 9 months ago

This seems to lessen the spotlight away from the athletes.

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