Tech N9ne plays the Fillmore on Saturday.

Not many rappers name their CD after a barbecue joint, but Tech N9ne decided to call his upcoming record Collabos: The Gates Mixed Plate.

The Gates refers to a barbecue restaurant chain in Kansas City. Tech N9ne is crazy about the food there — and his new tunes.

Saturday, Tech N9ne brings his new music and his Strange Days Tour to the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. The show features guest hip-hop artists Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun and Big Scoob.

If you go

Who: Tech N9ne, with Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun and Big Scoob

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver

Cost: $24-$44.50

“I just finished the new album, so I’m hitting the road,” Tech N9ne said. “I named the mixtape after Gates barbecue, because I grew up in Kansas City. It’s Kansas City’s own — just like myself. I really like the food there, because they make a sauce like no one else.

“The CD features all these collaborations with a lot of new artists from Kansas City. There are also some wonderful major artists on the record like Jay Rock and Glasses Malone. It’s a wonderful collaboration album.”

Tech N9ne has gone through some tough times in his life. The artist says his last CD, K.O.D., tipped a hand to his darker side.

“I don’t use smoke and mirrors in my music. It’s not fabricated, it’s my life,” Tech N9ne said. “I don’t hide any of the sadness, madness or gladness. I write like my life is a work in progress and people can relate as human beings to the music.

K.O.D. was my darkest album, due to my mother’s sickness. She’s getting better and I want fans to know I’ve had enough of the darkness. The light’s getting bigger in my life and I expect it to infect a lot more people through my shows.”

Tech N9ne’s ready for a busy touring year, and the rapper’s already planning out his next solo album, All Sixes and Sevens.

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