Tech N9ne and Travis O'Guin's Strange Music has grown into one of the most vibrant and successful independent hip-hop labels, with 11 ­releases on Billboard's Rap Albums chart in 2013 and more than $20 million in revenue.

Tech N9ne pauses to examine the still-wrapped box of condoms that has just been generously thrown onstage. It's a sold-out hometown show at the French baroque Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, Mo., and the crowd is feverish. Minutes earlier, Tech, born Aaron Dontez Yates, confided to the 3,000 fans in attendance that he's just beaten a pesky cold and, this being the final stretch of a 50-date tour, fully intends to get some "good pussy" tonight. But it won't be with the help of the proffered contraceptives.

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