There are always a few things that Fan Features have in common. First, and the most obvious, is the individual’s love for Tech N9ne or another Strange artist. It wouldn’t be a Fan Feature otherwise. Second, is the reason behind that love. Much of the time it’s because of the lyrics and the beats. You can’t help but vibe with it. And certainly that’s a good reason, but it’s not too often that we get another musician’s perspective on why Tech has affected them. Even more rare is a musician from another country who genuinely appreciates what Tech N9ne and Strange Music represents.
Sam, better known as Jesta in the UK, has already been featured on Tech N9ne’s blog with his “Overtime” cover. He was hesitant to cover Tech originally, but with the encouragement of his friends, he’s got quite a few covers up on his YouTube channel. There are a few reasons why his versions are different. He can sing smoothly and keep up with the pace of the rhymes, but what stands out most is that he does it all with just an acoustic guitar. Jesta, who is currently 21, states that music runs in his family, and he’s been rapping since he was only eleven years old. After a friend of his introduced him to Tech N9ne during the Everready (The Religion) era, he was hooked. At first, of course, it was because Tech’s music is so infectious, but it didn’t take long for Jesta to realize there was a lot more to the man than talent. Jesta writes:
“[Tech N9ne's] music is a huge inspiration and comfort for me. Not just in a sense of emotions but also knowing that a rapper can do everything independently and build an empire from the profit gained. That’s a beautiful thing.”
“My main producer who has far more knowledge of the industry is helping me build a plan for how to approach the game and where I fit into it. My flow is very different from most of the UK cats, and I talk on subjects they try to avoid, so I gotta worm in there if I must. My attitude right now is ‘I’m bringing the fire, where’s the hearth?’”
If you’re a die-hard fan (and who really isn’t that’s down with Strange?), chances are you already had a copy of KLUSTERFUK before you placed your Take Me To Your Leader pre-order or went out to Best Buy to cop a copy of ¡MAYDAY!’s debut Strange Music release, both which include a copy of Tech N9ne’s KLUSTERFUK within.
So what do you do with an extra KLUSTERFUK EP? Continue reading
Just before the release of Tech N9ne’s KLUSTERFUK, ¡MAYDAY!’s own Gianni Cash dropped in on the Strange Music Podcast for a live interview regarding his production on KLUSTERFUK as well as ¡MAYDAY!’s Take Me To Your Leader. In case you weren’t able to tune in, here’s what you missed.
“The heart of Kansas City is beatin’.” Those were the famous words spoken by Tech N9ne over a decade ago on his now classic tribute, “It’s Alive”, a homage to Kansas City, MO: the city that now houses the empire of an independent king who rose from the Midwest and proved that there was much more than farms and cornfields in his slice of Americana. For most emcees, hometown love means everything. It’s the very foundation of who they are and what they will become. For Tech N9ne, it’s a place of struggle and eventual acceptance.
‘It’s Something That Everybody Should Experience’ – Tech N9ne Talks The Kansas City Show For The ‘Hostile Takeover 2012′ Tour
It’s going down. History begins where history started, in Kansas City, when the biggest tour hip hop has ever seen will kick off at The Midland on March 24.
Hostile Takeover 2012: 90 shows in 99 days. What better place to see it than where this whole movement they call Strange Music began? We talked to Tech N9ne and got his opinion as to why KC, MO is the place to go if you want to get the full Tech N9ne Experience. Continue reading
Like a flashback to a night gone wrong, Tech N9ne’s “Blur” from the KLUSTERFUK EP takes listeners on a hazy and disoriented ride through a jigsaw of events that were nothing more than, well, a blur. While Tech N9ne may not exactly recall the night, the story that unfolds on “Blur” reveals clues that connect the track to a series of wild tweets from Tech N9ne this past winter.