Two people stabbed at Tech N9NE show at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs last night

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Did you hear about the stabbing last night in Colorado Springs at the Tech N9NE show? Two people were stabbed at the Black Sheep; one person was reportedly hospitalized and released. If you haven't heard about it yet, we'd be surprised. When a rap show goes off without incident -- as is the case a great majority of the time around here -- it doesn't generate headlines like it does when something like this happens.

Fact is, deserved or not, there's a very real stigma associated with hip-hop and violence, just like there is with drugs and dance music (see recent pre-event hyperventilation coverage of the Electric Daisy Carnival). And isolated incidents like this only serve to perpetuate this public perception. And that's all well and good, but I fear that such stereotyping is contributing to killing hip-hop, causing officials to overreact (see Smif-N-Wessun "riot" in New York earlier this week) and unwarranted fears to take root.

Now, granted, there's plenty of rap that's objectionable to sensitive ears and tinged with violence. But we live in a violent world, in case you haven't noticed. And it could just as easily be argued that this is a reflection of our times. What's more, there are rappers who glorify being strapped either in song or image -- or even their moniker, for that matter... ahem, Smif-N-Wessun, Tech N9Ne, anyone? There's no denying this fact, which, of course, does nothing to dispel this broad misperception. Just the same, speaking from experience, I don't think this means you need to don a Kevlar vest to see a show.

Honestly, as long I've been going to hip-hop shows in Denver, I've never witnessed any violence -- or at least no more than I've seen at any other kind of show -- and I certainly haven't seen anyone brandish a weapon, for chissakes. Of any kind. Ever. But that's just my experience. Maybe I'm deluded. Maybe I'm a hip-hop apologist. What's yours been? Do you subscribe to this whole notion that hip-hop and the crowd it attracts is inherently violent? Or could it just be like anything else, and perhaps there are a few bad apples spoiling the whole bunch?

I'm no Kreskin, but I'm willing to wager that when Tech N9NE performs at the Fillmore tomorrow night, you won't hear about it -- well, unless you read our review on Saturday morning.


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Shanawendt
Shanawendt

Together we are a powerful force As one mind body n soul. Let no evil enter, nor tempt to reduce us, because of the beliefs we hold. And with this love, combined with our strength we ward off pain n stress, TECHNICIAN I am, full-heartedly in life and in death......Tech let these fools know what intricate patterns do off of Caribou Lou.....YADDA

Keep it real
Keep it real

I think most people who enjoy "hip-hop" would not classify deuche bags like Tech Nine and the rest of the over aggressive clown rap acts as "hip hop".  Unfortunately these shows seem to always bring out the lowest common denominator.  And please don't tell me violence happens at all shows.  When was the last time you heard of a stabbing at a Fleet Foxes show?  If the artist perpetuates an image that revolves around being violent, that show is going to attract people that are attracted to violence.  This isn't a blanket statement, but I think it is a fair to assume there is more likely going to be violence at a Tech Nine show v. a Tribe Called Quest show (dating myself).  Same goes for all the repressed anger and over the top machismo at punk shows.  That genre has gone from one of the best, most creative genres to everyone thinking they have to be some tough guy that no one will fuck with.  Again, probably going to be more violence at a Violent Affair show than a Sonic Youth show; but now I'm beating a dead horse...violently.     

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Guest
Guest

"guns don't kill people - people kill people"

Roux
Roux

 People get fucked the fuck up at all sorts of shows, hip-hop, electronica, rock, everything. It's hip-hop though, that continually gets the short end of the stick.  Dude from Screeching Weasel punched a woman and shut down the spot during SXSW, but it was largely chalked up to his mental health issues.  With hip-hop though, everybody's a thug, a hooligan and out to shoot up the party right? No, and THAT'S the point Dave is making.

K80clow
K80clow

It isn't so much a stereotype against hip-hop as it is against JUGGALOS.  Violent, destructive, and downright disrespectful

What?!!???
What?!!???

Are you serious? This shit happens all the time at hip hop shows! How else will people know that you are a real thug? You gotta start some shit, simple as that.  Let's just see how the Fillmore show goes down. I will be shocked if there isn't an incident.

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Idiocracy at it's finest.

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