Nothing personal against Tech (I do remember dancing to "I'm A Playa" at some underage club by the Seattle Center in my heyday), but since his concert at the Showbox SoDo tomorrow is officially sold out, you can breathe easy knowing just where your thirty-some-odd dollars will wind up.
Saturday's Black Star show at the same venue is where you needed to be anyway. As I mentioned is this month's Reverb Monthly:
"Talib Kweli and Mos Def (now Yasiin Bey) were the two most prominent lyricists to emerge from the Rawkus Records-bred New York conscious-rap renaissance [...]Their insightful, graduate-level rhymes effectively created an intelligent alternative to the often less-thought-provoking materialistic rap of the late '90s/early '00s."
These guys are great, and there are only a handful of other records I've played more than Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, Train Of Thought, and close behind, Black On Both Sides. Yes, they're technically proficient--perhaps some of the best straight up rap-spitters in history--but they've also got feeling and intellect to flesh out their rhymes, and their songs are well-written, poignant glances within. Kweli's poetic humanist verses and Def's (Bey's) more overtly establishment-critical lyrics are truly thought-provoking.
So today, Reverb Recommends nabbing a ticket to see Black Star here, because it may be "Once in a lifetime like a Halley's Comet." Plus, the Tech N9ne concert could get really weird (he is in a gang!).
UPDATE: The show sold out! Better get your ticket scalping game (or "I'm with the band," etc. game) right or you're outta luck!