- Damien Pierce
When we checked in with emcee Teqnik G in February 2017, he was releasing a new LP, Not Just Entertainment. Exactly one year to the day, he’s back with a brand new album, Apparition in the Shadows, which is being released Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Black Sheep.
The year has been a busy one for the rapper, one that found him, aside from working on the new LP, reissuing his back catalog — most notably in the handsome form of a limited-edition gold cassette tape, combining his previous three albums, dubbed Trillogy — as well as opening for artists such as Rakim, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G and Jedi Mind Tricks’ Jus Allah.
“Other than that, I had another son this year,” added the emcee, when I asked him what he’d been up to. Nothing like keeping a full schedule.
The new record was a collaboration between Teqnik G and Michigan-based producer AATMA, whom the emcee met online following the release of Not Just Entertainment.
“It was originally supposed to be a short album, like an EP,” explains the emcee, who also enlisted the talents of local deejay Lord Damage. “But personal issues kept the album from happening. My son was born, and his mom and I split up. [But] AATMA just kept sending me beats, and that’s when I came up with the name Apparition in the Shadows. We’re kind of the unexpected image of what you might think or expect. That’s the ‘apparition,’ and [we’re] ‘in the shadows’ because we’re underground. Just waiting to be discovered, basically.”
For the Weed Pimps-hosted album release show, he’ll be performing Apparition in the Shadows in its entirety, joined by Evolve, whom Teqnik G describes as “an underground hip-hop legend,” Denver’s TMC and The FAMM, and locals Stoney Bertz, D-Stylz, ColorBlind, Hiatus and Milogic.
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